Recently I was asked to prep a new Windows 7 machine for a client. One of the things I had to do was get their Oki Data ML 390 Turbo setup on the new machine. The oki was on the network. I searched and searched for a driver for the oki, and all I found kept telling me that Windows 7 supported the printer out of the box. But it sure was not finding a driver for it when I tried to create the network printer. Finally I hit upon a formula that worked:
- Add the printer as if it were local. Windows 7 let me create the printer even though it was not currently connected to the machine.
- Go into the properties of the printer and change the port name to the network name of the printer, like: s:\\myserver\\okidata.
That was it. It should not have been so difficult, but Windows 7, while under the hood it's pretty much the same as Windows has been for years, did not want to do it any other way.