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HP LaserJet 9000 Product Family - Software Driver Overview

Introduction

The printer comes with software and installers for Windows and Apple Computer, Inc., Macintosh systems. For particular information about a given system's installer, drivers, and components, locate the section that corresponds to that system.

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Supported operating systems

The following operating systems support a full-featured configuration of the HP LaserJet 9000 printing system software, including standard printer command language (PCL) and PS emulation drivers:

  • Windows 3.1x (PCL 6 and PCL 5e) PS is supported with the HP LaserJet 8150 driver

  • Windows 95 and Windows 98

  • Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

  • Windows NT 4.0 (Service packs 3 through 6)

  • Windows 2000 (Service pack 1)

  • IBM OS/2 2.0 or later

  • Macintosh OS System 7.5.3 or later (PS)

  • For Linux information (http://hp.sourceforge.net/) Non-HP site

    NOTE: The PCL 5e and PCL 6 drivers and the HP LaserJet 8150 PS driver necessary for Windows 3.1x systems are included on the HP LaserJet 9000 compact disc (CD).

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Supported network operating systems

The following network operating systems support a full-featured configuration of the HP LaserJet 9000 printing system software, including standard PCL and PostScript (R) emulation drivers:

  • Windows NT 4.0

  • Windows 2000

  • Novell NetWare 4.x

  • Novell NetWare 5.x

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Technology overview

Bidirectional communication

The HP LaserJet 9000 series printing system software uses a new bidirectional communication technology. Previous versions of printing system software used Cooperative Object Layering Abstraction (COLA) architecture.

Bidirectional (two way) communication describes printer response to data inquiries from the computer and reports back information, such as what type of print media is available or what accessories are connected to the printer. If a printer does not have this capability (no bidirectional mode), it can only accept commands from the host and cannot report information back.

Driver Autoconfiguration and Job Status and Alerts use bidirectional communications software. The typical installation installs Driver Autoconfiguration in supported environments that contain the bidirectional software. Use the custom installation when these features are not desired.

Bidirectional communication depends upon the network operating system and the method used to connect the printer to the network.

The following table provides information about the operating systems and network environments that support bi-directional communication for the HP LaserJet 9000 printer.

Port type
Client operating system
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 2000
Macintosh
Direct
IR1
X
X
X
X
X
USB2
X
X
X
X
X
LocalTalk
X
Local Port Monitor
HP Jetdirect
TCP/IP3
X
X
X
X
X
X
IPX/SPX4
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
Standard
TCP/IP (HP)
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
TCP/IP (MS)
X
X
N/A
IPX/SPX (HP)
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
LPR
X
X
Novell
NetWare 4.x
Bindery queue
X
X
X
X
X
NDS5 queue
X
X
X
X
X
NetWare 5.x
Bindery queue
X
X
X
X
X
NDS queue
X
X
X
X
X
Microsoft Share
Windows 9.x host
TCP/IP
X
X
X
X
X
X
IPX/SPX
X
X
X
X
X
Windows NT 4.0 host
TCP/IP
X
X
X
X
X
X
IPX/SPX
X
X
X
X
X
LPR
X
X
X
X
X

1 Infrared receiver

2 Universal serial bus

3 Transmission control protocol/Internet protocol

4 Internet packet exchange/sequences packet exchange

5 Novell Directory Services

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Euro character

The Euro is the name for the currency of the European Union (EU). Use of this unit was launched on January 1, 1999. The Euro has changed the way business is conducted in Europe and has affected every company and industry on the continent. It is vital that companies understand and prepare for the changes the Euro brings.

The HP LaserJet 9000 printer includes Euro characters for each of the internal fonts. The HP LaserJet 9000 printer can print the Euro character in the Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 environments.

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Printing system components

Printing system and installer

Printing system version

HP LaserJet 9000 Series printing system version 1.0.0.0

Installer version

HP LaserJet 9000 Series installer version 1.0.0.0

Installer features

The common installer is designed to provide a simple and consistent installation method for the product line. The common installer can be used for the Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 operating systems.

The HP LaserJet 9000 printer features a new common installer. This new installer offers the following features:

  • The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM features a CD browser. See “CD browser for Windows systems.”

  • Installation of Acrobat (R) Reader 4.05

  • Typical installation requires less interaction than previous versions

  • The installer is Web-enabled, allowing access to the HP Web site for the latest software components and drivers

  • Network connection is integrated, so that installing a driver and connecting to a network printer can be performed in a single process

  • Automatic-sensing of the specific Windows operating system and language (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 only). Though system language is automatically sensed, the installer allows selection of any of the languages on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser.

  • Full localization and enabling for double-byte fonts

  • The HP LaserJet Uninstaller utility allows uninstalling of the printing system from the "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows control panel.

  • Product registration using the Web and e-mail

All of the Windows system components are installed by using the HP LaserJet 9000 printing system installer. Select Typical Installation or Custom Installation as preferred.

If an Internet connection is available, the installer will sense the connection and provide the capability to connect to the HP Web site to download the latest printing system software. The installer compares the versions of the software components on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM to those on the HP Web site. If newer versions are on the HP Web site, the installer downloads them.

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CD browser for Windows systems

The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM for the Windows environment (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows NT 4.0) provides an interactive CD browser that installs the printer drivers and related components and also provides access to online product registration, user documentation, a customization utility, Adobe (R) Acrobat Reader software, and optional HP software. Figure 1 shows the CD browser main screen.

NOTE: Windows 3.1x is not supported by the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser or printing system installer. To install the PCL 6, PCL 5e, or PS printer drivers for Windows 3.1x, use the Printer Manager function in the Windows 3.1x control panel.

A readme file for the Windows 3.1x printing system is available in the root directory of the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. The path is: [root]/[language]/Drivers/Win3x

Figure 1: Installation CD browser main screen

1 - Install printer button
2 - Customization utility button
3 - Register product button
4 - Printer documentation button
5 - Accessories documentation button
6 - Optional software button
7 - Exit button

The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser offers the following options.

NOTE: The text that follows each option is the same text that appears when the cursor is positioned on or over the option button.

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Install printer

This wizard guides the installation of the HP LaserJet 9000 Series printing system. Only the necessary software will be installed.

Customization utility

Create a custom software installer for the HP LaserJet 9000 Series that can be copied to other media such as a floppy disk, a local hard drive, or a network drive.

Register product

Register the HP LaserJet 9000 Series now to receive the following free information:

  • Notification of driver updates

  • Technical support updates

  • News about emerging technologies

Printer documentation

View the HP LaserJet 9000 printer documentation.

NOTE: For systems that do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 (or later) installed, clicking any of the links to documentation provided in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format opens a dialog box that provides the opportunity to install Adobe Acrobat Reader software from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser.

Accessories documentation

View the HP LaserJet 9000 printer documentation for the 2000-sheet feeder, the duplexing unit, the multipurpose tray, HP Jetdirect, and the stapler/stacker.

Optional software

To increase productivity and get the most out of the HP LaserJet 9000 printer, view a list of optional software available for installation.

Installable components

This section provides information about the various installable components available either with the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM or from the HP Web site.

Printer drivers

The printing system for the HP LaserJet 9000 printer includes the following printer drivers:

PCL 5e, PCL 6, and PS drivers

The PCL 5e, PCL 6, and PS drivers are included with the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. The PCL 5e and PCL 6 drivers feature a graphical user interface that has a shared look and feel. All three drivers provide access to the printer paper-handling and print-quality features, such as Job Retention (hard disk and RAM), Edge-to-Edge Printing, and Printing All Text as Black (the PS driver, however, supports Job Retention and Edge-to-Edge Printing, but not Printing All Text as Black). For specific information about using PCL 5e, PCL 6, and PS driver features, see “Printer features."

Windows 3.1x driver versions

PCL 5e and PCL 6 support for Windows 3.1x is provided by using the HP LaserJet 9000 printer drivers. These drivers are available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. An HP LaserJet 8150 PS printer description (PPD) provides PS support.

  • HP LaserJet 8100 PCL 6 version 3.3.0.0

  • HP LaserJet 8100 PCL 5e version 1.30.5.0

  • Microsoft PostScript emulation driver version 3.58

Windows 95, 98, and Me driver versions

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 6 version 4.3.2.132

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 5e version 4.3.2.132

  • Microsoft PostScript emulation driver version 4.9

  • PPD version 1.0.0.0

Windows NT 4.0 driver versions

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 6 version 4.3.2.132

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 5e version 4.3.2.132

  • Microsoft PostScript emulation driver version 4.5

  • PPD version 1.0.0.0

Windows 2000 driver versions

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 6 version 4.3.2.132

  • HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 5e version 4.3.2.132

  • Microsoft PostScript emulation driver version 5.0

  • PPD version 1.0.0.0

Macintosh and Macintosh-compatible system driver versions

The HP LaserJet printing solution for Macintosh is composed of the Apple LaserWriter driver (provided with the operating system) and HP-created PPD files. The driver uses these files to determine the features and PS commands that the printer supports. Bidirectional support in AppleTalk and USB connections allows autoconfiguration of the software. The installable components are:

  • The HP LaserJet Installer for Macintosh OS 8 and Macintosh OS 9

  • The HP LaserJet Installer for Macintosh OS X

  • The HP LaserJet Screen Fonts Installer

  • SYSTEM/EXTENSIONS/PRINTER DESCRIPTIONS (For Macintosh OS 8 and Macintosh OS 9)

  • LIBRARY/PRINTERS/PPDS/CONTENTS/RESOURCES/LANGUAGE.LPROJ (for Macintosh OS X)

  • The HP LaserJet Utility, an HP printer utility installed in the HP LaserJet folder of Macintosh OS 8 and 9. It provides configuration and management support for PS and PCL printers

  • Online Help, an HTML-based printer and utility help that can be viewed through a browser or the Macintosh OS Help Center

  • The HP Auto Setup Utility, installed in the Startup Items folder of Mac OS 8 and later versions. It provides assistance to set up the new printer, then moves itself to Trash

  • Installation notes

AutoCAD driver versions

The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM contains printer drivers to support AutoCAD in the Microsoft disk operating system (MS-DOS (R)), 16-bit Windows, and 32-bit Windows operating environments. The driver version numbers are the same for each of the three operating environments.

AutoCAD versions supported
Driver version
10, 11, 12: for MS-DOS 13 and 14: for Windows
4.1b
2000, 2000 LT
HP Windows driver

Additional software components

The HP LaserJet 9000 printing system (version 1.0.0.0) includes other installable components. Following the table are descriptions of each component:

Windows components
Version
Driver Autoconfiguration
5.0.41.5
Job Status and Alerts
1.0.0.31
HP LaserJet 9000 use guide
1.0
Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 9000 Series Printers - Release/Installation Notes
0.1
Adobe Acrobat Reader
4.05
HP LaserJet 9000 Uninstaller
2.0.0.0
HP Web Registration
3.7.6.0
Macintosh components
Version
HP LaserJet PPDs for past projects
ColorSync profiles
Not applicable
Screen fonts
Not applicable

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Windows component descriptions

Driver Autoconfiguration

The HP LaserJet 9000 PCL 6 and PCL 5e drivers for Windows feature bidirectional communication technology which, in supported network environments, provides automatic discovery and driver configuration for printer accessories at the time of installation or later, if needed. The HP LaserJet 9000 installer senses whether or not the installation environment supports bidirectional communication. If the environment supports bidirectional communication, the installer presents Driver Autoconfiguration as an installable component for a typical installation and an optional installable component for a custom installation. The Driver Autoconfiguration component installs the bidirectional communication software. If the installation environment does not support bidirectional communication, the Driver Autoconfiguration option is not displayed during installation. However, installed drivers will configure automatically based on the HP LaserJet 9000 bundle selected during installation of the printing system software.

NOTE: Parallel and USB connections do not support bidirectional communication. Therefore, Driver Autoconfiguration is not available with those types of connections.

Job Status and Alerts

The Job Status and Alerts feature provides printer and job status information such as printing history, job progress, toner and paper levels, consumable and supplies reorder information, and a simulated view of the printer control panel. This utility offers several options for configuring pop-up windows to view the status of the printer and of individual print jobs.

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HP LaserJet 9000 user documentation

HP LaserJet 9000 guides

The HP LaserJet 9000 Start and Introduce guides are supplied in Adobe Acrobat Reader printer description file (PDF) format for viewing on the computer. View the guides from the HP LaserJet CD browser or install them on the computer system.

To install the online Start and Introduce guides, click the printer documentation check box during a custom installation. If desired, guides can be installed later. The online Start and Introduce guides are installed in the Manuals folder on the target system. Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader must be installed to view the guides. When selecting Start Guide or Introduce Guide from within the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, the installer scans the system for an installed PDF reader. If the installer cannot find a reader, the installer presents the option to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click here to download the online HP LaserJet 9000 use guide from http://hp.com/go/lj9000.  Non-HP site

The following additional documentation is available for viewing from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser. The text and PDF files can be copied to another location.

HP LaserJet 9000 printer printing system release notes

The Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 9000 Series Printers Release/Installation Notes are available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. The printer release notes (filename Read9000.wri) contain important information about printer features, instructions for installing the printing system software, and technical assistance. View the file from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, or install it on the computer system. To view this text file from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, click Printer Documentation , then Installation . The file will open with the default text editor. To install the file, select the Printer Documentation check box during a custom installation or choose to install the file later. The printer release notes are installed in the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 9000 folder on the target system.

HP LaserJet 9000 printer printing system late-breaking readme

The Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 9000 Late Breaking Readme text file is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. This readme file (filename readme.txt) contains an overview of the printing system software components, late-breaking information about known issues and workarounds, and other technical assistance. View the file from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, or install it on the computer system. To view this text file from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, click Printer Documentation , then Release Notes . The file will open with the default text editor. To install the file, select the Printer Documentation check box during a custom installation or choose to install the file later. The HP LaserJet 9000 Late Breaking Readme file is installed in the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 9000 folder on the target system.

HP 2000-sheet input (optional Tray 4) install guide

This guide is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF file. View the document from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Accessories Documentation then clicking 2000-sheet feeder guide . To install the file, select the Accessories Documentation check box during a custom installation.

HP Duplex Printing Accessory install guide

This guide is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF file. View the document from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Accessories Documentation then clicking Duplexer Guide . To install the file, select the Accessories Documentation check box during a custom installation.

HP multipurpose (optional Tray 1) install guide

This guide is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF file. View the document from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Accessories Documentation and clicking HP Jetdirect Guide . To install the file, select the accessories documentation check box during a custom installation.

HP Jetdirect Administrator’s Guide

This guide is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF file. View the document from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Accessories Documentation then HP Jetdirect guide . To install the file, select the Accessories Documentation check box during a custom installation.

HP 3000-Sheet Stapler/Stacker Use Guide

This guide provides instructions for using the 3000-sheet stacker and 3000-sheet stapler/stacker output devices. The guide is available on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF file. View the document from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Accessories Documentation , and Stacker/Stapler Guide . To install the file, select the Accessories Documentation check box during a custom installation.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM includes Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.05 for viewing online documentation. When any of the documentation links are clicked in the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser, the installer scans the system for an installed PDF reader. If the installer cannot find a reader, the installer presents the option to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later is required to view the documents on the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser.

HP LaserJet 9000 Series Uninstaller

After the printing system software has been successfully installed, the uninstaller allows any or all of the printing system software components to be selected and removed. To uninstall one or more software components, click the HP LaserJet 9000 Uninstaller icon from the HP LaserJet 9000 Series program group. The printing system presents options for removing all or part of the print system components.

CAUTION: The uninstaller easily and safely uninstalls printing system components and related files without affecting other system components or shared system files. Do not remove printer files without using the uninstaller. Doing so could negatively affect the operating system by removing critical system files.

HP Web registration

This component allows the HP LaserJet 9000 printer to be registered on the HP Web site or through e-mail. After a successful installation of the software, the installer prompts to register the HP LaserJet 9000 printer. Access to HP Web Registration can also be gained from the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser by clicking Register Product . Choose to complete the online registration at that time or later. If later registration is desired, click WebReg from the HP LaserJet 9000 program group to complete registration.

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Macintosh component descriptions

HP LaserJet PPDs

These PostScript printer definition files for HP LaserJet printers are installed to the Printer Descriptions folder, which is in the Extensions folder within the System folder.

HP LaserJet Utility

This Hewlett-Packard printer utility is installed to the HP LaserJet folder of Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.1 systems. It provides configuration and management support for PS and PCL printers.

Installation notes

This text file contains important information about printer features, instructions for installing the printing system software, and technical assistance.

ColorSync profiles

These text files contain color-matching information for the Macintosh system and HP LaserJet color printers.

Online Help

This HTML-based help system replaces the Apple Guide help system provided with earlier HP printers. The help system can be viewed through a browser or in the Macintosh OS Help Center.

HP Auto Setup Utility

This utility is installed to the Startup Items folder of Macintosh OS 7 and newer Macintosh systems. It provides assistance to set up a new printer, then moves itself to the Trash.

Screen fonts

These screen fonts are available only for Macintosh computers and Macintosh compatibles. The screen fonts match the printer fonts, so that the image displayed on the screen matches how the printed page will look.

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Customization utility for Windows

The Customization Utility button enables customized installation of printing system components. To start the utility, click Customization Utility on the main menu of the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser. The available options for creating a customized installation are:

Copy printer drivers only

Use this option to copy the HP LaserJet 9000 Series Windows printer drivers to a selected form of media (disk, CD-ROM, network drive, and so on). Use the resulting disk set with the Windows Add Printer Wizard. The customization utility prompts these choices:

  • Operating system

  • Printer model

  • Printing system components (drivers to copy)

  • Destination path

Create customized installer

This option allows creation of either an interactive or silent (unattended) installer customized by any of the following selections:

  • Operating system

  • Printer model

  • Printing system components

  • Interactive or silent (unattended) installer

Copy entire printing system installer

This option allows the HP LaserJet 9000 printing system installer to be copied to a selected form of high-capacity media such as a network drive. The customization utility prompts these choices:

  • Language

  • Operating system

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Silent installer

The HP LaserJet 9000 Series Printing System software allows creation of a silent installer that runs the SETUP.EXE program without user interaction. This installation method is useful for using the default selections provided by the installer or running the installation without being prompted. There is also an option to create a custom disk image containing specific drivers and utilities, allowing users to run the installer without further interaction.

Silent installation can be performed in two ways:

  • Customized silent installer

  • Command line silent installer

Customized silent installer

This option allows the selection of the printing system components to include in the silent install. Use it to select the operating system, language, printer models, drivers, utilities, and documentation to install.

Command line silent install

This method cannot be customized and installs only the printing system components included in the typical installation.

NOTE: Values that follow equal signs ( = ) in a command line must not contain intervening spaces.

Method 1: Command line

Type the following at the command line:

<CD-ROM-ROOT>/SETUP/SETUP.EXE /U /PORT=XXXX /PRINTER=N /PD=N

Method 2: SETUP.LST

Use the SETUP.LST file to specify command line arguments to the installer for an unattended installation. Command line arguments can be sent in one of the following ways:

  • Send the command directly to the installer

  • Send the command using the SETUP.LST file located in the setup directory

  • Use a combination of the two previous methods

For example, this file contains two options: /port and /printer. The installer operates as normal because the /u option has not been specified. If setup /u is used for the installer, it operates in unattended mode and uses the two values specified in the defaults section of the SETUP.LST file. If setup /u /printer=1 is used for the installer, it operates in unattended mode and chooses HP LaserJet 9000 n. (The options specified on the command line override the options specified in the SETUP.LST file.)

The options available can also include the /u option. Using this option key makes the installer always operate as unattended. The following descriptions explain the available options:

  • /u. Signals the installer to use the specified port and printer given on the command line (or in this file), and to use all default selections. Installation then proceeds without prompting the user.

  • /port=xxxx. Used to specify the default port when performing an unattended install. The value specified by xxxx should be a valid port and should contain no spaces.

  • /printer=n. Used to specify the default printer when doing an unattended install. The value specified by n is an integer that references the list of available printers. For example, the following printers are available for the HP LaserJet 9000 printer installation:

  • 0 = HP LaserJet 9000 printer

  • 1 = HP LaserJet 9000 n printer

  • 2 = HP LaserJet 9000 dn printer

  • 3 = HP LaserJet 9000 hns printer

  • /pd=n. Used to specify whether the selected printer is the default printer, when there are multiple printers connected to the network. The value specified by n is an integer (that is, 0 or 1). For this argument, entering one sets the selected printer as the default printer. Entering zero (0) or not specifying a value at all sets the printer as a non-default printer.

These options can be preset in the SETUP.LST file located in the root directory of the HP LaserJet 9000 software CD-ROM. In the defaults section, add the following syntax:

[Defaults]

Options= /port=<value> /printer=<number> /pd=<number>

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Optional software

The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser provides links to install or download HP Web Jetadmin as optional software.

HP Web Jetadmin

This software program is a printer management tool that allows network administrators to remotely install, configure, troubleshoot, manage, and set passwords for HP Jetdirect-connected printers. The HP LaserJet 9000 software CD browser provides a link to the HP Web site (http://www.hp.com/cposupport/swindexes/hpwebjetad1880_swen.html) to download the latest version of the HP Web Jetadmin software. Click Optional Software from the CD-ROM browser, then HP Web Jetadmin . HP Web Jetadmin is available for the following network operating environments:

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows NT 4.0

  • HP-UX 10.20 and 11.x

  • Sun Solaris 2.5, 2.6, and 7

  • Red Hat Linux

  • SuSE Linux

HP LaserJet Resource Manager

This software utility is used to manage fonts, forms, and macros on the hard disk, RAM disk, or optional flash dual inline memory modules (DIMMs). HP LaserJet Resource Manager is not localized for all languages. If the HP LaserJet Resource Manager directory is not found with the language of choice, it is not available for that language

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