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HP LaserJet P3010 Series Printers - Windows printer-driver configuration

The HP PCL 6 printer driver features bidirectional communication technology which, in environments that support the printer driver, provides automatic discovery and printer-driver configuration for product accessories at the time of installation.
Some accessories that are automatically discovered and configured include the duplexing unit, optional paper trays, and dual inline memory modules (DIMMs).

Printer-driver autoconfiguration

note:
The 64-bit operating systems do not support printer-driver autoconfiguration.
Automatic discovery and printer-driver configuration through bidirectional communication occurs in the following circumstances:
  • When a printer driver is installed by using Enterprise AutoConfiguration (EAC)
  • When the Update Now feature is used for a printer driver that is already installed
However, as shown in the following table, printer-driver auto configuration and EAC are not available in 32-bit Windows operating systems over a direct connection when the printing-system software is installed by using the Add Printer Wizard. Direct connection is a parallel or USB port connection.
Availability of automatic discovery and printer- driver configuration through bidirectional communication in Windows
Connection type
Add Printer Wizard
HP DIU
Network
Yes
Yes
Direct connection
No
Yes

Bidirectional communication

In environments that support bidirectional communication, the computer communicates with the product during installation, determines the physical configuration, and then configures the printer driver accordingly.
Bidirectional communication is the capability of the product to respond to data inquiries from the computer, such as inquiries regarding the type of print media that is available and the accessories that are connected to the product. Bidirectional communication depends on the network operating system and on the type of connection that exists between the computer and the product. If the connection does not have this capability, the product can accept commands but cannot respond to data inquiries from the host computer.

Enterprise AutoConfiguration

Enterprise AutoConfiguration (EAC) uses bidirectional communication to provide autoconfiguration functionality for installation of the printer driver over a network, whether you use the installer on the Admin CD or the Add Printer Wizard to install the printer driver. Printer-driver installation that includes EAC is configured with the same settings as the physical configuration of the product. Configuration occurs without user interaction.
If bidirectional-communication software has been installed previously, EAC is not activated, and the pre-existing bidirectional-communication software is used to configure the printer driver.
If bidirectional communication software has not been installed, EAC installs bidirectional-communication software that allows it to communicate with the product and automatically match the printer driver with the product configuration. EAC is activated during installation of the printer driver or whenever the Update Now feature is used.
If the product configuration changes after installation, the printer driver can be automatically updated by using the Update Now feature in environments that support bidirectional communication.

Update Now

If the product configuration changes after installation, the printer driver can be automatically updated by using the Update Now feature in environments that support bidirectional communication. For example, if the product is installed and an optional paper-handling accessory is added later, use Update Now to query the product and update the printer-driver settings to match the new product configuration.
The Update Now feature automatically updates the registry and changes the configuration information that appears on the Device Settings tab of the HP PCL 6 printer driver.
To activate Update Now, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then do one of the following:
    Windows 2000: Select Settings, and then click Printers.
    -or-
    Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional: Select Settings, and then select Printers and Faxes.
    -or-
    Windows XP Home: Click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
    -or-
    Windows Vista: Click Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Printers.
  2. Right-click the product name.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Click Device Settings.
  5. If necessary, click Installable Options to expand it and show the options.
  6. In the Automatic Configuration drop-down menu, select Update Now.
  7. Click OK to save the setting.

HP Web Jetadmin

HP Web Jetadmin is a software architecture and set of tools for customizing and distributing HP printing-system software in managed corporate printing environments. Using HP Web Jetadmin, information technology (IT) administrators in corporate and enterprise environments can preconfigure the printing and product defaults for HP printer drivers before installing the printer drivers in the network environment.
HP Web Jetadmin is most beneficial when configuring printer drivers for multiple workstations or print servers for print queues that share the same configuration. Two types of features can be configured:
  • Product settings
  • Printing-preferences settings
HP Web Jetadmin configures the printer driver to match the accessories that are installed on the product, or to match the settings that IT administrators make in the configuration .CFG file (for example, optional trays, total amount of memory, or job-storage settings).
The preconfiguration process consists of three steps:
  • Printer-driver acquisition
  • Printer-driver preconfiguration
  • Printer-driver installation and deployment
These steps can be accomplished in different ways, depending on the tool that is being used to define the configuration.
Printer-driver preconfiguration is supported through four tools. All four are designed with the same basic user-interface (UI) controls for interacting with the .CFG file, but are packaged differently, either to support established product installation workflows or to allow the user to deploy and install the printer driver. The following tools support printer-driver preconfiguration:
  • HP Driver Configuration Editor. The HP Driver Configuration Editor is a small standalone Windows-based software program that administrators can use to open the .CFG file that is associated with a particular printer driver and make modifications that are applied when that printer driver is installed on the host computer. Use it in environments that have an established process for deploying printer drivers. It is used in the same way as any ordinary Windows-based software program.
    The HP Driver Configuration Editor is available at the following Web site:
  • HP Web Jetadmin V10.0. HP Web Jetadmin can create and edit printer queues in supported Windows operating systems. HP Web Jetadmin customizes printer drivers for the queues. Refer to the HP Web Jetadmin User Guide for information on preconfiguring drivers by using HP Web Jetadmin.
    HP Web Jetadmin is available at the following Web site:
  • Customization Utility. The Customization Utility enables an IT administrator to preconfigure the printer drivers when customizing the installation for a silent install.
    For detailed information about customizing printer drivers with the Customization Utility, see the HP Driver Preconfiguration Support Guide, which is available on the Admin CD.
  • HP Driver Deployment Utility. The HP Driver Deployment Utility (DDU) was created to simplify the deployment of printer drivers onto a client PC. It is a simple utility that packages the driver files, and the code needed to deploy them, into 2 files: an .EXE and a .CAB. These files are run on the client PC to copy the driver files to the Windows driver store, and for network packages, to install the printer. The DDU also allows for preconfiguration of the driver.
    For detailed information about using the HP Driver Deployment Utility, see the HP Driver Preconfiguration Support Guide, available on the Admin CD.

Configurable settings

The following PCL 6 printer-driver features can be preconfigured. Lockable features, which can be locked to prevent end users from changing the setting, have the word <Lock> at the end of their respective descriptions.
note:
Some selections and options, such as the Finishing Accessory option, may depend on the device setting that has been selected.
Printing Preferences tab
  • Print on Both Sides (duplex): The options are True or False. <Lock>
  • Orientation: The options are Portrait , Landscape, Rotated Portrait, or Rotated Landscape.
  • Print in Grayscale: The options are Disabled or Enabled. <Lock>
  • Print Quality: The options are 1200 x 600 or Image REt 3600.
  • Paper Size: See the drop-down list associated with this feature.
  • Media Type: The options include all of the media types that the product supports. <Lock>
  • Services: The options are either Disabled or Enabled.
    • Device Services: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Device and Supplies status: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
    • Internet Services: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Check for driver updates: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Support and troubleshooting: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Product manuals: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Online diagnostic tools: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Show me how: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
      Shop for Supplies: The options are Disabled or Enabled.
  • Paper Source: The options are Printer Auto Select, Manual Feed (Tray 1), Tray 1, Tray 2, or Tray 3 (if installed, under Device Settings).<Lock>
Advanced Features The following advanced features are also available:
  • Pages per Sheet: The options are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, or 16.
  • Booklet Printing: The options are Off, Left Edge Binding, or Right Edge Binding.
  • Send True Type As Bitmap: The options are True or False.
  • Print Document On: The options are True or False.
  • Scale to Fit: The options are True or False.
  • Percent of Normal Size: The options are Enter % or 25-400.
  • Watermarks: The options are None, Confidential, Draft, or Sample.
  • Copies: The options are 1 or (Enter Number).
  • PostScript Language Level: The options are 1, 2 or 3.
Device Settings tab
  • Tray 3: The options are Installed or Not Installed.
  • Allow Manual Duplexing: The options are Enabled or Disabled.
  • Duplex Unit: The options are Installed or Not Installed.
  • Mopier Enabled: The options are Installed or Not Installed.
  • Printer Hard-Disk: The options are Installed or Not Installed.
  • Printer Alert Notification Settings: The options are Show for Every Print Job, Show for Device Errors and Warnings, Show for Device Errors (printing stops), or Disabled.
    This advanced feature also contains the following sub-features:
    • Device Query Interval: The options are Normal or Minimize Network Traffic.
    • Access HP Online Product Support: The drop-down menu options are Enabled or Disabled.
    • Shop for Supplies: The options are Enabled or Disabled.
  • Job Storage: The options are Enabled or Disabled.
When a feature is locked, the selected default option is the only option that is available to users. Generally, the feature is unavailable in the printer-driver UI after it has been locked.

Continuous export

The term continuous export refers to the ability of the printer driver to copy the latest printer-driver settings to the working copy of the preconfiguration file. Using this feature, the exported values can be transferred when a compatible version of the printer driver is used to upgrade the printer driver. For instance, if the orientation is set to Landscape in a printer driver that was originally installed in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, then the orientation setting automatically remains Landscape when the operating system is upgraded to Windows XP or Windows Vista. The continuous export feature functions transparently from the user's perspective and works only between printer drivers of identical models.
note:
Not all of the printer-driver components can be exported; however, the exportable components are always the same as the components that can be preconfigured.

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