ok here is what you do
You will need to look up the current IP address of your computer by opening the command prompt and typing in 'ipconfig' then press enter.You want to note the IP address of your computer, subnet mask and the default gateway.
go to your printer. Using the instructions for your printer assign the device a static IP(static IPs do not change). the ip address will be share the first 3 sets of numbers with your computers IP address, the last number we will set to something high (like 200) to avoid conflicts.
So if your ip address is 192.168.1.1 we will put 192.168.1.200.
The subnet mask and default gateway will be the same as what you got form your computer.
go back to your computer and then;
go to control panel
Select devices and printers
at the top left side of the widow select Add a printer.
A new window will pop up, select 'add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer.'
No matter what appears on your computer select 'the printer that I wanted isn't listed'
Select 'Add a printer using a TCP/IP address, hit next
Device type should be 'Autodetect'
for 'Hostname or IP address' type in the address's you entered into the printer
'port name' will auto fill
the installer will now look for drivers. It will try autofind the driver if its installed already. if nor a dialog box will pop up asking for drivers.
Try "windows update" first if that does not work select "have disk" insert the CD rom for the printer and browse to it. You might have to dig into the CD's driver folder if it finds nothing on the first pass.
After the computer finds drivers it may ask you to select the driver you want to use. Make sure the driver matches the printer model then hit next.
the printer should install at this point.
Last edited by Daskinor; 08-01-2012 at 06:56 PM.