I received another request on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. Here is the initial request:
“I don’t believe it’s connected to the computer and I can’t find the disk and the printer is not listed when trying to connect it.”
This individual was referring to their Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 6700 Premium printer. My initial warning to you is that when it comes to Hewlett Packard printers, most times you do NOT want to hook up the printer to your computer first. You want to wait until you install the printer software suite.
The installation will prompt you when to hook up your printer. Here is the remainder of my response:
What operating system are you using? For example Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10. You can download the complete printer software from this HP OfficeJet 6700 installation software link.
That web page should automatically detect your operating system. If that web page does not detect your correct operating system, then click on the “Change” button, choose your correct operating system and then click on that “Change” button again. Once you download this software to your computer, you will want to double click the file and proceed with the installation.
Wait until the installation asks you to connect your printer. This individual had a computer with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system installed. If you have Microsoft Windows 7 operating system installed you can download the HP OfficeJet 6700 installation software from that direct download link.
This individual confused me to a certain extent. They wanted to skip the Fax portion of this software. I did NOT know if they wanted to skip the installation of any faxing software module or skipping the setup of a Fax number.
I think when it comes to Hewlett Packard printers you cannot skip the configuration of a Fax number. I could be wrong. At the very least you could enter in a dummy number.
Also, the Hewlett Packard printer software is one complete suite. You cannot remove just one piece of software for just faxing.
“If you only want the drivers (without the Full Software Suite), it is available as a separate download named HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One Printer series – H711 Basic Driver.”
I don’t think you have a choice. Only option is to install the basic Hewlett Packard printer driver only and not the full suite. This individual was able to successfully install this software and I thought I was done being a serf for the evening.
Low and behold another problem arose. This time they received a warning that they needed to replace their color printer cartridges. They wanted to know if they could print with just their black printer cartridge also known as gray scale.
The answer to this is actually a paradox. Yes and no. Yes, you can print in gray scale only with this Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 6700 premium printer.
However, your color printer cartridges must NOT become empty. If they are low with toner than yes you can. I have no fucking idea why the discrepancy, but I did find this documented on an official Hewlett Packard web page.
These are the instructions to change the print settings to print with black ink only. This is known as gray scale. You may have to change your print settings every time you print, in order to print in gray scale.
Click “Print” in the software program you want to print from. Select your Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 6700 premium printer from the list of available printers. Look for and open the “Printer Properties” dialog box.
This can be called “Printer Properties”, “Options”, “Printer Setup”, “Printer”, or “Preferences”. Click on the “Features” tab. You want to click the “gray scale” drop down menu.
Now click on “Black Ink Only”. You can use even less black ink by selecting the “Draft” setting. Click on “OK”. Now you want to click “Print” to print a test page.
This individual was now able to print successfully on their Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 6700 premium printer. These instructions were written primarily for Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, but can certainly be used as a basis point for other Microsoft Windows operating systems.
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