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Solving HP Photosmart C7180 All-In-One Driver Install Problems

1:19am, 18 March 2007

Here's one of many reasons that I love my Mac, and have grown to dislike Windows.

HP Photosmart C7180 Printer

I got myself a new printer, an HP Photosmart C7180 All-In-One printer. Fantastic device - it's not only a printer, it's also a scanner, fax machine and photocopier, and it can do all those things without a computer (eg you can scan files onto a memory card). It also has wireless networking, so the printer can be in a different room to the computer.

The Mac install was a breeze. I just followed the instructions, ran the CD install, and it all just worked - even the wireless networking. It's working great.

Windows Driver Install Nightmare

But the Windows install was a nightmare. I've spent 5 hours today and several hours on other days trying to get it to work. Here's what happened:

Apple and Bonjour to the Rescue

Apple Bonjour

So maybe I just got unlucky, and had a dodgy Windows configuration, right? That doesn't prove that Apple Macs are better, does it? Actually, it does...

So there you have it. I was able to resolve my Windows problems by downloading drivers written by Apple. Never thought I'd see that happen!