Hack to use Dell 1600n from x64!

Hack to use Dell 1600n from x64!

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I bought the Dell 1600n because it said it was a PostScript printer, assuming they just use standard PostScript drivers.  Well, as it turns out, there's some lame stuff in either Dell's printer drivers, or x64's printer model that doesn't let the normal PostScript Dell printer driver install.  All you actually have to do is enable TCP/IP printing on the 1600n, create the TCP/IP port manually (this is done by selecting 'local printer' and creating a new TCP/IP port), then tell your system you have something like an HP 4000 PS, or a LaserWriter Pro 630.  Once you've done this, you can take the Dell PPD file [found on a 32 bit system in %WINDIR%\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3] and copy it over the top of the HP 4000 (or the LWPro 630) PPD file that is in %WINDIR%\system32\spool\drivers\x64\3  Then you get the correct options page for stuff like resolution, and the thing just works.

I don't have a solution for the network scanning thing, but quite frankly, the quality of the scan using that is only good enough for crappy archival, and that goes to my server, right now.  Perhaps I'll get a USB connection working eventually, but I believe there are actually functions being executed in order to do that.

Anyway, I'm just happy to have my 22PPM 1200dpi printer working from my x64 OS!  YAY!

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  • I just gave this a try (damn shame that dell does not have x64 drivers yet), anyways I received an error about not enough memory when I went to print the test page. Also have you tried the PCL driver yet, as I normally use this one?

    Thanks
  • Hack, re- scan quality.

    I too have a 1600n, and bought it partly for the default to papeerport, as I have been a fan of the paperport software for sometime.

    Anyhow, Dell provides a stripped down version of paperport, for which I am unable to view decent scanned documents.

    But if I go to another machine in the house that is running Paperport Pro v9.0, the same document opens and is very clear and high quality.

    Further, printed file of materials that have been scanned ae quite good

    I think there is an issue in the version of paperport that is provided by Dell or in the way I set it up.

    YOu may have the same issue, though I do not know what is is yet.

    Has you fax function been OK? Mine wants to send a fax everytime the phone line is opened, and is so diong shuts down the scan function AND the copy function. Dell has no answers.

    Tom Scott
  • Thanks!

    This seems to be a hot topic. You made my day with this fix.
  • does anyone have a hack to fax over the network with this machine?
  • Thanks, it works like a charm.
  • This works for the 1700n as well... nice hack :)
  • I just installed the 1600n with IP Printing using the native Windows XP x64 Dell 1710n PS drivers. So far it prints just fine. I'm still testing and I don't do extensive printing except maybe some word docs or html pages so I don't expect any troubles. Just wanted to put that out there in case anyone really just needed a printer and not necessarily all of the features of the 1600n that might not be available with the 1710n drivers.
  • Also, I red somewhere that the Dell 1600n is a rebranded Xerox PE120. I emailed Xerox about x64 drivers and they replied with "we're investigating but don't have an eta on 64 bit drivers" so atleast it sounds promising that they 'may' be working on it.

    XP x64 has been out for a while now. I'm pretty dissapointed with the drivers support so far.
  • EDITED: Also, I read somewhere that the Dell 1600n is a rebranded Xerox PE120. I emailed Xerox about x64 drivers and they replied with "we're investigating but don't have an eta on 64 bit drivers" so atleast it sounds promising that they 'may' be working on it.

    XP x64 has been out for a while now. I'm pretty dissapointed with the drivers support so far.
  • One final note: There _are_ drivers for this thing in Vista x64. Perhaps I'll grab them from the CTP Vista and try 'em out under XP...
  • I presume all those with scanning problems have tried: http://freshmeat.net/projects/dell1600n-net-scan/
    It solved all my problems!
  • You can now use the drivers for the Dell 1815n to install your Dell 1600n printer, http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz&releaseid=R126884&SystemID=WRK_PNT_P4_670&os=WXPX&osl=en&deviceid=10669&devlib=0&typecnt=1&vercnt=1&formatcnt=1&libid=40&fileid=168982.

    When you go through the 1815 setup make sure you check to install the printer drivers (the setup recognizes the printer isn't a 1600n) and doesn't install them by default. Choose the Dell Laser MFP 1815 PCL 6 version of the setup.

    Once installed take the Dell DP1600n.PPD (32 bit) and rename/override the 64 bit driver C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\x64\DP1815.PPD
  • Printing with Rocky's 1815 hack works like a charm....now how bout using it as a scanner?  I would hope there is an easier solution than Perl Scripting.

  • I just installed the 1600n with IP Printing using the native Windows XP x64 Dell 1710n PS drivers. So far it prints just fine. And that's all I expect it to do!!! HeHe Here's the link.. Love ur site!!

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R109662&SystemID=PRN_LSR_1710N&os=WXPX&osl=en&deviceid=9368&devlib=0&typecnt=2&vercnt=1&formatcnt=1&libid=40&fileid=142642

  • Thanks guys, very helpful.

    I thought this article was just about printing postscript from x64, but I followed the link and installed the 1710n PS drivers, and it now prints from x64 fine.

    Incidentally Im using a USB connection rather than ethernet

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