How to Set Up HP Laserjet P2055dn in Windows 7 Homegroup

There are many different ways to get the HP Laserjet P2055dn to work on one Windows 7 computer. You can simply connect the printer to your Windows 7 computer, then wait for Windows 7 to add the printer on its’ own. You can install the printer from the included CD, or you can download updated drivers directly from the HP website. For a lot of people, most, if not all, of these situations will be more than adequate. However, I kept running into a series of problems when trying to get the printer to work when it was directly connected to one printer, then two other Homegroup users would try to print from it.

 

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Problem 1 – Documents kept getting stuck in the queue, and would ultimately require removal and reinstallation of the driver.

Problem 2 – Homegroup printers could communicate with the printer, but the second page of documents would print with the wrong orientation.

Problem 3 – After several weeks, the printer would stop responding to print jobs. Ports would be correct, print spooler would be running – the printer just wouldn’t print.

One of the biggest problems I was encountering was that there are several different print drivers that will work with this printer. The one on the installation disc, the dedicated HP P2055dn driver, and the Universal HP PCL6 driver. Once I figured out the correct driver, Homegroup printing started working correctly.

 

Step 1: Turn off the printer, then delete the printer from each Homegroup computer.

Remove the HP 2055dn device

 

Step 2: Uninstall the driver and driver package from the “Print Server Properties” menu. (Click Print Server Properties at the top of the “Devices and Printers” window, click the “Drivers” tab, then remove the driver for your HP P2055dn.)

Remove the HP P2055dn driver and driver package

 

Step 3: Download the Universal HP PCL6 driver from the HP website.

Download the correct driver for your HP P2055dn printer

 

Step 4: Install the Universal PCL6 driver.

Step 5: Turn on the printer, then wait for Windows 7 to associate the printer with the driver you just installed.

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