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Windows Vista and Epson EPL-5900L

My first post and I’m ranting about Vista! I have been recently approached by my mother-in-law (who loves Vista – particularly the Sidebar) as her beloved laser printer wouldn’t work with Vista. Checking Epson’s web site for a Vista driver all I could find was a comment stating that this printer wasn’t supported on Vista. Ah, the joys of Vista! So, I thought why not try to install the latest XP driver on Vista. However, this didn’t work. While the driver seemed to have installed correctly when I tried to print anything all I got were weird error messages (“ebapi not found …”). Mhm, a different approach was needed and here’s how I finally succeeded (I can’t guarantee that this will work for anyone else):

  1. If you have installed the XP driver on Vista – remove it!
  2. Go to http://esupport.epson-europe.com/ and select, “Laser Printers”, “EPL-5900L” and “Windows XP”
  3. Go to “Drivers & Software” (here’s a link to that site: http://tinyurl.com/5td3ko) and download “Silent Driver (3.3.2fl)” (which is a .zip file)
  4. Extract the zip file to wherever you like on your hard drive
  5. In Vista, go to the Control Panel->Printers, select “Add a printer”.
  6. Then select “Local Printer”, choose “USB” as your local printer port and when asked to select the printer make and model select “Have Disk”
  7. Browse to the directory where you extracted the driver in step 4 and select the EPT0252E.INF file
  8. If Windows then tells you that it already found a driver for this printer go for the Overwrite option
  9. Voil√†! All that’s left to do is to print the test page to make sure the printer is working correctly

Update: This procedure appears not to work for the 64bit version of Windows Vista.¬† I’m also getting reports that this procedure works for Windows 7 too. I have no access to Windows 7 and therefore can’t verify that. You have been warned.

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