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):
- If you have installed the XP driver on Vista – remove it!
- Go to http://esupport.epson-europe.com/ and select, “Laser Printers”, “EPL-5900L” and “Windows XP”
- 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)
- Extract the zip file to wherever you like on your hard drive
- In Vista, go to the Control Panel->Printers, select “Add a printer”.
- Then select “Local Printer”, choose “USB” as your local printer port and when asked to select the printer make and model select “Have Disk”
- Browse to the directory where you extracted the driver in step 4 and select the EPT0252E.INF file
- If Windows then tells you that it already found a driver for this printer go for the Overwrite option
- Voilà! 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.