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Rosewill RC-302E - PCIe 1-Port Parallel Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Works with Windows 8 using Hewlett Packard Laserjet 6P 01/10/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RC-302E - PCIe 1-Port Parallel Card

Pros: It worked LOL!

Cons: The setup Application files were not able to run in Windows 8

Other Thoughts: Through-out my interim using Windows7x64, I have used many cards to make my printer work and were all useless. I wasn't able to use my HP Laserjet 6p for about 2 and half years and refused to sell / throw it away / donate it because it was still working plus I had 2 brand new toner cartridges. In December 2012, I completely upgraded my computer with a new motherboard etc .. in preparation to to install Windows 8. I dusted my HP LaserJet 6p and decided to give it another shot making this my last final attempt.

I installed the card and booted up my computer and hoped to see the "New Hardware Detected" window (making it easier) but I did not. So I went to the device manager and saw that Windows detected the card (Parallel Port) but had a little yellow (?). I think we have all seen this at one point. I downloaded the latest drivers for Windows 8 off the Rosewill website and browsed for for the driver from the Device Manager. Browsing for the file resulted in a blank folder and for some reason it wasn't seeing the drivers. The folder was not empty because I saw the files under normal Windows 8 viewing conditions. So I decided to download the previous version of the drivers from the Rosewill website and the same thing happened; the folder was showing up blank. It didn't give me the option to view ALL FILES as sometimes the files show up that way. It was clear it was looking for specific driver file. The first thing that came to my mind was ...daym here we go again and was headed to Craigslist to put my HP LaserJet 6p up for sale but...

I then decided to let Windows 8 (via update) decide the best possible solution; it didn't find any drivers. Lastly, I right clicked on the Parallel Port > Update Driver Software > Browse my Computer for Driver Software > Let me pick from a list of Drivers on my Computer > and selected Standard / Generic port types > Model > Printer Port and named the Parallel Port LPT3. I then realized that I was getting somewhere LoL! At this point my HP LaserJet 6p was already connected and plugged in from when I booted the computer. Additionally, I checked under Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers and VOILA my HP LaserJet 6p was already detected and was listed. Finally the moment of truth, printing the TEST PAGE.

I am happy to report that the TEST PAGE printed fine, and I printed a couple of other documents that I need for work and all is good! I didn't need to install the drivers that Rosewill provided because Windows 8 had generic drivers built in. Additionally, I forgot to mention that under regular Windows 8 viewing conditions the Rosewill Setup Application files in both driver folders that I downloaded did NOT run. It said it wasn't compatible with my system. I expected the Windows 7 drivers telling me that but not the Windows 8 drivers from Rosewill.

I will update this review in the next couple of months if anything goes wrong but it looks like its a solid printer installation. My printer seems like its indes


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Display Name: Ricardo G.

Date Joined: 06/13/06

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