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HP LaserJet 5200 Series Printers - Available Printer Software

The printing system software is included with the printer. See the getting started guide for installation instructions.

The printing system includes software for end users and network administrators, and printer drivers for access to the printer features and communication with the computer.

NOTE: For a list of printer drivers and updated HP printer software, go to www.hp.com/go/lj5200_software .

Printer drivers

Gain access to the printer driver features and allow the computer to communicate with the printer (using a printer language). Check the installation notes and readme files on the printer CD for additional software and languages.

The HP LaserJet 5200 printer uses the PCL 5e, PCL 6, and PostScript 3 emulation printer description language (PDL) drivers.

  • Use the PCL 6 printer driver for the best overall performance.

  • Use the PCL 5 printer driver for general office printing.

  • Use the PS driver for printing from PostScript-based programs, for compatibility with PostScript Level 3 needs, or for PS flash font support.

Operating system
PCL 5e
PCL 6
PS 3 emulation
Windows 98, Windows Millennium (Me)
Windows 2000
Windows XP (32-bit)
Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2003 (64-bit)
Mac OS X V10.2 and later

Not all printer features are available from all drivers or operating systems.

For Windows 2000 and Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), download the PCL 5 driver from www.hp.com/go/lj5200_software .

For Windows XP (64-bit), download the PCL 6 driver from www.hp.com/go/lj5200_software .

The printer drivers include online Help that has instructions for common printing tasks and also describes the buttons, checkboxes, and drop-down lists that are in the printer driver.

Driver Autoconfiguration

The HP LaserJet PCL 6 and PCL 5e drivers for Windows and the PS drivers for Windows 2000 and Windows XP feature automatic discovery and driver configuration for printer accessories at the time of installation. Some accessories that the Driver Autoconfiguration supports are the duplexing unit, optional paper trays, and dual inline memory modules (DIMMs). If the environment supports bidirectional communication, the installer presents Driver Autoconfiguration as an installable component by default for a typical installation and for a custom installation.

Update Now

If you have modified the configuration of the HP LaserJet 5200 printer since installation, the driver can be automatically updated with the new configuration in environments that support bidirectional communication. Click the Update Now button to automatically reflect the new configuration in the driver.

NOTE: The Update Now feature is not supported in environments where shared Windows NT® 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP clients are connected to Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP hosts.

HP Driver Preconfiguration

HP Driver Preconfiguration is a software architecture and set of tools that you can use to customize and distribute HP software in managed corporate printing environments. Using HP Driver Preconfiguration, information technology (IT) administrators can preconfigure the printing and device defaults for HP printer drivers before installing the drivers in the network environment. For more information, see the HP Driver Preconfiguration Support Guide , which is available at www.hp.com/support/lj5200 .

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Additional drivers

The following drivers are not included on the CD, but are available from www.hp.com/go/lj5200_software .

  • UNIX® model scripts

  • Linux drivers

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Opening the printer drivers

Operating System
To change the settings for all print jobs until the software program is closed
To change the default settings for all print jobs
To change the product configuration settings
Windows 98 and Me
On the File menu in the software program, click Print .
Select the driver, and then click Properties .
The steps can vary; this procedure is most common.
Click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers .
Right-click the driver icon, and then select Properties .
Click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers .
Right-click the driver icon, and then select Properties .
Click the Configure tab.
Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003
On the File menu in the software program, click Print .
Select the driver, and then click Properties or Preferences .
The steps can vary; this procedure is most common.
Click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers or Printers and Faxes .
Right-click the driver icon, and then select Printing Preferences .
Click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers or Printers and Faxes .
Right-click the driver icon, and then select Properties .
Click the Device Settings tab.
Mac OS X V10.2 or later
On the File menu, click Print .
Change the settings that you want on the various pop-up menus.
On the File menu, click Print .
Change the settings that you want on the various pop-up menus.
On the Presets pop-up menu, click Save as and type a name for the preset.
These settings are saved in the Presets menu. To use the new settings, you must select the saved preset option every time you open a program and print.
In the Finder, on the Go menu, click Applications .
Open Utilities , and then open Print Center (Mac OS X V10.2) or Printer Setup Utility (Mac OS X V10.3 or Mac OS X V10.4).
Click on the print queue.
On the Printers menu, click Show Info .
Click the Installable Options menu.
Configuration settings might not be available in Classic mode.

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Software for Macintosh computers

The HP installer provides PostScript® Printer Description (PPD) files, Printer Dialog Extensions (PDEs), and the HP Printer Utility for use with Macintosh computers.

For network connections, use the embedded Web server (EWS) to configure the printer.

The printing system software includes the following components:

  • PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files

    The PPDs, in combination with the Apple PostScript printer drivers, provide access to printer features. Use the Apple PostScript printer driver that comes with the computer.

  • HP Printer Utility

    Use the HP Printer Utility to set up printer features that are not available in the printer driver:

    • Name the printer.

    • Assign the printer to a zone on the network.

    • Assign an internet protocol (IP) address to the printer.

    • Download files and fonts.

    • Configure the printer for IP or AppleTalk printing.

    Use the HP Printer Utility when your printer uses a universal serial bus (USB) cable or is connected to a TCP/IP-based network.

NOTE: The HP Printer Utility is supported for Mac OS X V10.2 or later.

Installing Macintosh printing system software for networks

  1. Connect the network cable between the HP Jetdirect print server and a network port.

  2. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. If the CD does not run automatically, double-click the CD icon on the desktop.

  3. Double-click the Installer icon in the HP LaserJet Installer folder.

  4. Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

  5. On the computer hard drive, open Applications , open Utilities , and then open Print Center or Printer Setup Utility .

    NOTE: If using Mac OS X V10.3 or Mac OS X V10.4, then the Printer Setup Utility has replaced the Print Center .
  6. Click Add Printer .

  7. Select Rendezvous as the connection type.

  8. Select your printer from the list.

  9. Click Add Printer .

  10. Close the Print Center or the Printer Setup Utility.

Installing Macintosh printing system software for direct connections (USB)

NOTE: Macintosh computers do not support parallel port connections.

The Apple PostScript driver must be installed in order to use the PPD files. Use the Apple PostScript driver that came with your Macintosh computer.

  1. Connect a USB cable between the USB port on the printer and the USB port on the computer. Use a standard 2-meter (6.56-foot) USB cable.

  2. Insert the printer CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the installer. If the CD menu not run automatically, double-click the CD icon on the desktop.

  3. Double-click the Installer icon in the HP LaserJet Installer folder.

  4. Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

    USB queues are created automatically when the printer is attached to the computer. However, the queue will use a generic PPD if the installer has not been run before the USB cable is connected. Complete the following steps to change the queue PPD.

  5. Open the Print Center or Printer Setup Utility.

  6. Select the correct printer queue, and then click Show Info to open the Printer Info dialog box.

  7. In the pop-up menu, select Printer Model , and then, in the pop-up menu in which Generic is selected, select the correct PPD for the printer.

  8. Print a test page from any software program to make sure that the software is correctly installed.

    If installation fails, reinstall the software. If this fails, see the installation notes or late-breaking readme files on the printer CD or the flyer that came in the printer box for help.

To remove software from Macintosh operating systems

To remove the software from a Macintosh computer, drag the PPD files to the trash can.

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Software for networks

For a summary of available HP network installation and configuration software solutions, see the HP Jetdirect Embedded Print Server Administrator’s Guide . You can find this guide on the printer CD.

HP Web Jetadmin

HP Web Jetadmin is a browser-based management tool for HP Jetdirect-connected printers within your intranet, and it should be installed only on the network administrator’s computer.

To download a current version of HP Web Jetadmin and for the latest list of supported host systems, visit www.hp.com/go/webjetadmin .

When installed on a host server, any client can gain access to HP Web Jetadmin by using a supported Web browser (such as Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.x or Netscape Navigator 4.x or later) by navigating to the HP Web Jetadmin host.

UNIX

For HP-UX and Solaris networks, go to www.hp.com/support/net_printing to download the HP Jetdirect printer installer for UNIX.

Linux

For information, go to www.hp.com/go/linuxprinting .

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Utilities

The printer is equipped with several utilities that make it easy to monitor and manage the printer on a network.

HP Easy Printer Care software

Use the HP Easy Printer Care software program for the following tasks:

  • Checking the printer status

  • Checking the supplies status

  • Setting up alerts

  • Viewing printer documentation

  • Gaining access to troubleshooting and maintenance tools

View the HP Easy Printer Care software when the printer is directly connected to a computer or when it is connected to a network. A complete software installation must be performed in order to use the HP Easy Printer Care software.

Embedded Web server

The printer is equipped with an embedded Web server, which provides access to information about printer and network activities. This information appears in a Web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

The embedded Web server resides on the printer. It is not loaded on a network server.

The embedded Web server provides an interface to the printer that anyone who has a network-connected computer and a standard Web browser can use. No special software is installed or configured, but you must have a supported Web browser on your computer. Gain access to the embedded Web server by typing the IP address for the printer in the address line of the browser. (To find the IP address, print a configuration page.

Other components and utilities

Windows
Macintosh OS
Software installer — automates the printing system installation
Online Web registration
PostScript Printer Description files (PPDs) — use with the Apple PostScript drivers that come with the Mac OS
The HP Printer Utility—change printer settings, view status, and set up printer-event notification from a Mac. This utility is supported for Mac OS X V10.2 and later.

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