install device and printer drivers

 

how to add a new [printer/device]

mac

if you have a macbook/powerbook, it's not as simple as inserting the software cd. like any mac, you must do the proper steps for installing a mac application.

windows

if you have an installer

under windows, insert the cd and follow the directions and click next a bunch of times. if you are asked, select to install [printer/device] drivers.

If autoinsert is disabled on your computer and the software does not come up when you insert the cd, start by opening up autorun.inf on the cd and examine the
open= line to see what it executes, and you go and do the same. double-click on that application, be it setup.exe or demoshield.exe or autorun.exe or whatever.

these are techniques you can use to install any windows program.

no installer

if the company was a real pain and didn't provide a setup program anywhere on the cd and simply provided you with a .inf file driver on a cd somewhere, then:

for a printer
  1. do start, printers and faxes, add new printer, local printer.
    • make sure plug and play detection is on. printer type should be detected automatically if it is in the windows drivers.
    • specify the printer type manually if it is not in the list. for drivers, choose "have disk..." and then for location instead of specifying cdrom, choose browse, and browse around the cd until the OK button lights up, you will have to dig probably.

always use the same port for your printer.

for another device
  1. start, control panel, add new hardware, pick the hardware type.
  2. yes, hardware is connected.
    • try to detect automatically and see if windows has any built-in drivers for it.
    • for types not in the list, choose "have disk..." then for location instead of specifying cdrom, choose browse, and browse around the cd until the OK button lights up, you will have to dig probably.

network/workgroup printers

for network/workgroup printers, use a fixed ip address. DHCP doesn't usually work out well,unless there is special software support for that. fixed/static IP's always works best.

a good address that works best with most routers is something in the range 192.168.1.2-49 or 192.168.2.2-49 depending on the router's base address (liksys=1 or belkin=2).

write down the address and file it along with your router settings!