02-11-2010 10:44 AM
1. First off, go download HPâ s LaserJet 1012 Host Based drivers.
2. Extract the driver.
3. Plug in and turn on your printer if you havenâ t already.
4. Go to Start>Devices and Printers, and choose to add a printer
5. Choose to add a local printer
6. Choose Dot-4-usb printing support
7. Click Have Diskâ ¦ on the next windows
8. Navigate to where you extracted the drivers, and choose the inf file
9. Choose the HP 1012 HB Driver
10. Follow the prompt till it installs the printer or what not
Now you may notice that it prints slow as heck, well no worries! To fix that do this.
1. Go to Start, right click Computer and choose Manage
2. Go to Device Manager
3. Find 1284.4 dot4usb Printing Support
4. Right click it and choose Update Driver
5. Choose â Browse my computer for driver software.â
6. Choose USB Virtual Printing Support
7. Follow the prompt, exit out of Device Manager
8. Go to Start>Devices and Printers
9. Right click HP 1012 HB, choose Printer Properties
10. Go to the Port Tab, find Virtual USB Printing Support (Not dot4) and check that.
11. Click Ok.
Congratulations! Your printer isnâ t an agonizing experience anymore!!
NOTE: The users in my environment reported that the printer after a restart showed up uninstalled but continued to print fine, so meh. Guess it canâ t be perfect.
02-11-2010 11:17 AM
I ordered a Brother 5340D (high speed, full duplex printer) for $129 from OfficeMax. I also saw the printer offered with coupon for $119 from Costco.
Problem solved. No more HP frustrations.
03-10-2010 04:21 PM
Thanks for your help with my 1012, I too find it a 'favorite' piece of hardware.
The answer to many of the questions being raised so far in this thread I believe is that HP is a HARDWARE company. I have never received a piece of software from them that was of the same quality as commercial software vended by professional software companies. Most to the drivers I use for their products come from Microsoft.
Maybe those who are experienced with HP network software or business software will have had a different experience but their Home Based stuff bad. I have a Scanjet that only runs with drivers from Win-7. I have a photo printer that shows up on windows explorer as a removable disk. Why dont my other USB ports all show up as removable disks? Thats indicative of software written by a hardware company. Oh, the good news is, this photo printer works with Win-7 64bit >> because Windows found a driver for it.
Did HP even plan for a transition from XP to Windows 7?
03-10-2010 04:25 PM
Its hard to say HP is just hardware company when they also made their own operating system for servers (HP-UX).
04-04-2010 08:40 AM
I found this thread after running into similar problems. I was able to resolve it myself by just choosing the LaserJet 2200 driver built into Windows 7. After choosing the built-in driver I was able to print a number of documents and pdfs without issue. My situation may be different since my LaserJet 1012 is connected via a printer server but just FYI in case anyone else is in a similar situation.
04-24-2010 07:34 AM
02-15-2011 05:06 PM
I finally got it working... and slow. So I'm following David's "speed up" process, but I get hung up right here:
>>6. Choose USB Virtual Printing Support
I have no such option at this point. Actually the issue may come earlier since I have no "1284.4 dot4usb Printing Support" in my list. Closest is "1284.4 compatible printer." So I chose that.
I then try to update driver and I go to browse for driver software... where would I find the USB virtual Printer support?
A super big thanks for all the info in this thread!
11-22-2012 09:57 PM
Thank you Walt!...I am not a computer buff by any means...but used your solution #2 to get my HP1012 printing:)! I saw a later post...about the buffer...I am not worried about that part..I think for my type of use and how mine gets turned off when i am not using it ...will be just fine....I was so relieved that I don't have to buy another printer...(yet:)).