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HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology - Windows driver configuration

The HP PCL 6, PCL 5, PS Emulation drivers and the HP MFP Send Fax driver feature bidirectional communication technology which, in operating systems and environments that support the drivers, provide automatic discovery and driver configuration for device accessories at the time of installation.
Some accessories that are automatically discovered and configured include optional paper trays and optional output bins.

Driver autoconfiguration

note:
The 64-bit operating systems do not support driver autoconfiguration.
Automatic discovery and driver autoconfiguration through bidirectional communication occurs in the following circumstances:
  • When a print driver is installed by using the Windows Installation CD
  • When a print driver is installed by using Windows Plug-and-Play
    note:
    For information about Windows Plug-and-Play installation, see the Hewlett-Packard CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology Printing-system Install Notes, which is available on the Windows installation CD and on the System Administrator's CD.
  • When you use the Update Now feature for a driver that is already installed
However, as shown in the following table, driver autoconfiguration and EAC are not available in Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) operating systems over a direct connection when the HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology is installed by using the Add Printer Wizard.
Availability of automatic discovery and driver configuration through bidirectional communication in Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003
Connection type
Common installer
Add Printer Wizard install
Windows Plug-and-Play install
Network
Yes
Yes
Yes
Direct connection
Yes
No
Yes

Bidirectional communication

In operating systems and environments that support bidirectional communication, the computer communicates with the device during installation, determines the physical configuration, and then configures the driver accordingly.
Bidirectional communication is the capability of the device to respond to data inquiries from the computer and report information back, such as what type of paper is available or what accessories are connected to the device. Bidirectional communication depends on the network operating system and on the type of connection that exists between the computer and the HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology. If the connection does not have this capability (that is, if it has no bidirectional mode), it can only accept commands from the host and cannot report information back to the host computer.

Enterprise AutoConfiguration

Enterprise AutoConfiguration (EAC) uses bidirectional communication to provide autoconfiguration functionality for installation of the print driver over a network, whether you use the installer on the Windows printing-system software CD or the Add Printer Wizard to install the driver. Driver installation that includes EAC is configured with the same settings as the physical configuration of the device. 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 print driver.
If bidirectional communication software has not been installed, EAC installs bidirectional-communication software that allows it to communicate with the device and automatically match the print driver with the actual device configuration. EAC is activated during installation of the driver or whenever the Update Now feature is used.
If the HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology configuration changes after installation, the driver can be automatically updated with the new configuration in environments that support bidirectional communication by using the Update Now feature.

Update Now

If the HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology configuration has been modified since installation, the driver can be automatically updated with the new configuration in operating systems and environments that support bidirectional communication. Use the Update Now feature to automatically reflect the new configuration in the driver. For example, if the device is installed and an optional accessory is added later, use the Update Now feature to query the device and update the settings to match the new device configuration.
The feature automatically updates the registry and changes the configuration information that appears on the Device Settings tab of the HP PCL 6, PCL 5, and PS Emulation drivers.
note:
The Update Now feature does not have to be selected for the HP MFP Send Fax driver to update.
Every time the HP MFP Send Fax driver is accessed, the driver automatically queries the print driver to see if any changes have been made that would affect the HP MFP Send Fax driver configuration. The HP MFP Send Fax driver is automatically updated with any changes.
Figure : Update Now dialog box
To activate the Update Now feature for these drivers:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the driver name.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click Device Settings.
  6. If necessary, click Installable Options to expand the menu and show the options.
  7. In the Automatic Configuration drop-down menu, select Update Now.
  8. Click OK.

HP Driver Preconfiguration

HP Driver Preconfiguration is a software architecture and set of tools for customizing and distributing HP printing-system software in managed corporate printing environments. Using HP Driver Preconfiguration information, system administrators in corporate and enterprise environments can preconfigure the printing and device defaults for HP print drivers before installing the drivers in the network environment.
HP Driver Preconfiguration is most beneficial when configuring print drivers for multiple workstations or print servers for print queues that share the same configuration. Two types of features can be configured:
  • Device settings
  • Printing-preferences settings
HP Driver Preconfiguration configures the driver to match the accessories that are installed on the device, or to match the settings that system 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:
  1. Driver acquisition
  2. Driver preconfiguration
  3. Driver installation and deployment
These steps can be accomplished in different ways, depending on the tool that is being used to define the configuration.
The configuration process for driver preconfiguration is supported through three tools. All three are designed with the same basic user-interface (UI) controls for interacting with the .CFG file, but are packaged differently, either to support established device installation workflows or to allow the user to deploy and install the driver. The following tools support driver preconfiguration:
  • HP Driver Configuration Editor. The HP Driver Configuration Editor is a small standalone MS Windows software program that system administrators can use to open the .CFG file that is associated with a particular driver and make modifications that are applied when that driver is installed on the target computer. Use it in environments that have an established process for deploying drivers.
    The HP Driver Configuration Editor is available at the following Web site:
  • The HP Web Jetadmin Driver Configuration Plugin. HP Web Jetadmin provides a queue-creation program to create printer queues on any Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. The HP Web Jetadmin Driver Configuration Plugin adds screens to the existing queue-creation workflow from which the drivers that are being installed for the queues can be customized. The plug-in is limited to Internet Explorer browsers. Netscape Navigator is not supported.
    The HP Web Jetadmin Driver Configuration Plugin is available at the following Web site:
  • Installer Customization Wizard. The Installer Customization Wizard enables a system administrator to preconfigure the printer drivers as part of customizing the printing system software installation preparing for a silent install.
    For detailed information about customizing print drivers by using the Installer Customization Wizard, see the Installer Customization Wizard Administrator's Guide, which is available on the System Administrator's CD.

Lockable features

The following driver features can be locked to prevent end-users from changing settings:
  • Print on Both Sides (duplex). The options are True or False.
  • Color Options. The options are Black and White or Color.
  • Paper Type. The options include all of the paper types that the HP CM8060/CM8050 Color MFP with Edgeline Technology supports.
  • Paper Source. The options are Printer Auto Select, Manual Feed (Tray 1), Tray 1, Tray 2, Tray 3, Tray 4, or Tray 5.
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 driver UI after it has been locked.

Continuous export

The term "continuous export" refers to the ability of the driver to copy the latest 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 driver is used to upgrade the print driver. For instance, if the orientation is set to Landscape in a driver that was originally installed in Windows 2000, then the orientation setting automatically remains Landscape when the operating system is upgraded to Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. The continuous-export feature functions transparently from the user perspective and works only between drivers on identical device models.
note:
Not all of the driver parameters can be exported. However, the components that can be exported are always the same as the components that can be preconfigured.

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