Selecting a Printer Driver

If you use Microsoft Windows 3.0 or 3.1, install the HP DeskJet 300 Series printer driver provided with the printer. The accompanying printer software guide provides installation instructions, or see Installing Windows Printer Drivers in chapter 2.

For DOS applications, install an HP DeskJet 340printer driver for the application you are using whenever one is available. Contact the software vendor for the latest version of an HP DeskJet 340 printer driver for the software application. For other options, see "Obtaining Printer Drivers" in chapter 6. However, when an HP DeskJet 340 printer driver is unavailable, one of these printer drivers will produce high-quality output with few limitations:1

• HP DeskJet Portable (black only)

1. If an old software application has none of these printer drivers, then try the "HP DeskJet PLUS" or "HP DeskJet" printer driver.

The following table gives more detailed information about these printer driver options for particular types of software applications:

Table 4-6. Selecting Printer Drivers for HP DeskJet 300 Series Printers

Type of Application

Printer Driver

Comments/Limitations

Windows 3.1

HP DeskJet 300 Series v6.0 printer driver (included with the DeskJet 340)

This printer driver supports HP DeskJet 340 printer in Windows 3.1 only, including the following features:

• Support HP Spooler incorporated with the printer driver.

• New Printing Status Monitor.

• New RBPA Architecture

• New Jumbo Technology

• New Multi-Language Installer and Uninstall option

• Supports IrDA-compliant Serial Infra Red (SIR) printing

• Quick Tour with Sound Animation

• ColorSmart Technology

• REt (HP's Resolution Enhancement technology) with DeskJet 320 and 340 only

• 600 by 300 addressable rasterpoints per inch resolution (with DeskJet 320 and 340 only)

• Color output with the optional Color Kit (with DeskJet 340, 320 and 310)

• TrueType scalable fonts only

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet 320 and 340 printer, including U.S. executive paper.

HP DeskJer 300 Series v 5.0 printer driver

This printer driver supports HP DeskJet 300 Series (excluding DeskJet 340) printers in Windows 3.1 only, including the following features:

• Support both Microsoft Print Manager and HP Spooler distributed with the printer driver.

• New Printing Status Monitor.

• ColorSmart Technology

• REt (HP's Resolution Enhancement technology) with DeskJet 320 and 340 only

• 600 by 300 addressable rasterpoints per inch resolution (with DeskJet 320 only)

• Color output with the optional Color Kit (with DeskJet 310, 320 and 340)

• TrueType scalable fonts only

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet 320 printer, including U.S. executive paper.

Type of Application

Printer Driver

Comments/Limitations

Windows 3.1

HP DeskJet 300 Series v4.1 printer driver (included with the printer)

This printer driver supports HP DeskJet 300 Series printers (except DeskJet 340) in Windows 3.1 only, including the following features:

• ColorSmart Technology

• REt (HP's Resolution Enhancement technology) with DeskJet 320 only

• 600 by 300 addressable rasterpoints per inch resolution (with DeskJet 320 only)

• Color output with the optional Color Kit (with DeskJet 340, 320 and 310)

• TrueType scalable fonts only

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet 320 printer, including U.S. executive paper.

HP DeskJet 300 Series v4.0 printer driver (not included with the printer)

This printer driver supports HP DeskJet 300 Series printers in Windows 3.1 only, including the following features:

• Color output with the optional Color Kit

• TrueType scalable fonts only

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet 310 printer, including U.S. executive paper.

Windows 3.0 and 3.1

HP DeskJet 310 printer driver v1.0 (included with the printer)

This printer driver supports the HP DeskJet 310 and HP DeskJet Portable printers in Windows 3.0 and 3.1, including the following features:

• Color output with the optional Color Kit

• TrueType scalable fonts only

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet 320 and 340 printer, including U.S. executive paper.

HP DeskJet Portable printer driver from Microsoft, or

HP DeskJet Portable printer driver from HP

This solution does notsupport color. On the other hand, this printer driver supports the HP DeskJet Portable printer in Windows 3.1 only, for monochrome output with all the following features:

• Internal fonts

• TrueType scalable fonts (Windows 3.1 only)

• Transparencies

• Feeding paper either manually or with the sheet feeder

• Media sizes supported by the HP DeskJet Portable printer, including U.S. executive paper.

Type of Application

Printer Driver

Comments/Limitations

graphics applications

HP DeskJet 340, 320 or310 printer drivers

• The capabilities of the printer driver are dependent on the software vendor. Read the documentation included with the software application for any limitations to the printer driver.

• Contact the software vendor for the latest version of the printer driver. Note that some DOS wordprocessing applications — for example, WordPerfect — can make use of their graphics capability to print color text.

HP DeskJet 550C printer driver

• This printer driver should produce high-quality results and support all HP DeskJet 300 Series printer features, including all internal fonts, for most monochrome documents.

• If importing color graphics into the document, choose the HP DeskJet 500C printer driver solution.

HP DeskJet 500C printer driver

This solution results in HP DeskJet 500C printer output capabilities, including color graphics.

• If you are using the black print cartridge, this printer driver solution does not support the additional internal fonts in an HP DeskJet 300 Series printer that are not in an HP DeskJet 500C printer.

• With this printer driver, you will not be able to print on transparencies or executive size paper, since these features are not supported on the HP DeskJet 500C printer

HP DeskJet Portable printer driver

This solution results in HP DeskJet Portable printer output capabilities and thus does not support color.

Type of Application

Printer Driver

Comments/Limitations

wordprocessing applications

HP DeskJet 340, 320 printer drivers, or DeskJet 310 printer drivers

• The capabilities of the printer driver are dependent on the software vendor. Read the documentation included with the software application for any limitations to the printer driver.

• Contact the software vendor for the latest version of the printer driver.

• The DeskJet 310, 320 and 340 print text in black only. However, some DOS wordprocessing applications — for example, WordPerfect — can make use of their graphics capability to print color text.

HP DeskJet 550C printer driver

• This printer driver should produce high-quality results and support all HP DeskJet 300 Series printer features, including all internal fonts, for most monochrome documents.

• If importing color graphics into the document, choose the HP DeskJet 500C printer driver solution.

HP DeskJet 500C printer driver

• This printer driver solution does not support the additional internal fonts in an HP DeskJet 300 Series printer that are not in an HP DeskJet 500C printer.

• This printer driver solution does not support executive size paper since this feature is not supported on the HP DeskJet 500C printer.

• While the DeskJet 500C printer driver supports graphics printing in color, like the DeskJet 300 Series printers it supports text printing in blackonly. However, some DOS wordprocessing applications — for example, WordPerfect — can make use of their graphics capability to print color text.

HP DeskJet Portable printer driver

• This printer driver should produce high-quality results and support most HP DeskJet 300 Series printer features, including all internal fonts, for monochrome documents.

• This solution does not support color for either text or graphics.

HP DeskJet 500 printer driver

This solution results in HP DeskJet 500 printer output capabilities.

• This printer driver solution does not support the additional internal fonts in an HP DeskJet 300 Series printer that are not in an HP DeskJet 500 printer.

• This printer driver solution does not support transparency printing and executive size paper since these features are not supported on the HP DeskJet 500 printer.

• This solution does not support color for either text or graphics.

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