In the office we have numerous HP LaserJets on the network for printing. This is what happened when I try installing a network printer on Windows Vista.
So what I did was go to Control Panel > Printers > Add a printer. Then I selected “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer”, to which it started browsing the network for nearby printers.
Because all our network printers are mapped on the Active Directory server, I selected “The printer that I want isn’t listed”, then selected “Find a printer in the directory, based on location or feature”, found the printer I wanted to add. It goes through the process and then bam!, I get this error message:
“Windows cannot connect to the printer. Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000bcb).”
Doing a Google search produced this answer on Mark Minasi’s Reader Forum. So based on this I need to install the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on my Vista machine. Microsoft’s site is a twisted maze of dead ends and endless worthless search results trying to find the MMC for Vista. I finally ended up downloading MMC 3.0 for XP… Imagine my surprise when I try installing it and get this error message: “Not enough storage is available to process this command.” Grrr.
So after consulting with my co-worker, I think the better solution is to install the Vista driver on the Server. The only Vista drivers for the LaserJet 2300 is HP Universal Drivers which didn’t work for me. I’m taking a break from this for awhile.
Okay, finally got it to work. I went to HP.com and searched for the Windows Vista drivers for the LaserJet 2300n and downloaded the HP Universal Drivers PCL 5. I installed it on my Gateway M7A and did the same steps as in the beginning and viola, it works. Problem solved.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.