I'll do my best to keep this as short as I can but it's a bit complicated. I've just bought a quad core desktop with W8 on it. I need to install drivers so as to print to my Epson Stylus Photo R300. The default drivers are fine for printing normally to paper. But when you use the Epson Print CD software, when it comes to printing you get the message:
"The EPSON printer driver dealing with CD printing is not installed".
I've been to ESPON site and downloaded different utilities and drivers from w8 back to win xp. I've even tried installing them in compatibility mode (xp sp2 xp sp3) and then also running the "Print CD" program using the same compatibility mode. I get the same error message.
I've tried the solution offered by EPSON for the same problem when OS is VIsta - it says to 'click OK to the error message, choose tray 2, choose manual install, choose a4 for page size, in properties choose CD for the type of media' etc. however my printer then tells me to remove the CD tray and it simply wants to print to paper as normal.
Soooooooooooooo. (told you we would take a while to get here - sorry) I've installed XP pro on a VM Virtual box and the drivers and utilities for the Epson R300 including "Print CD" and the program runs fine BUT as it couldn't find the printer connected to the host on W8 I had to set that up manually on LPT1.
I've tried various suggestions on the net to allow my USB host connections to show through on the guest machine but that didn't work.
So in order to print to the printer from within the guest XP OS, I tried adding a network printer. Sure enough it shows the printer and when I go to install it, it says; the drivers for the host printer are wrong and asks me to search for a .inf file. Frustratingly I HAVE the drivers needed but it is a .exe file sitting on the desktop!
I've spent about 10 hours in total now trying all kinds of drivers to get the printer to print to CD. I've contacted EPSON but they've not replied as yet.
So Can anyone help me here: I need to either get the drivers to work on my W8
OR If anyone can tell me how to get my printer on the USB host W8 to be 'seen' on the guest XP
OR perhaps simpler??? if anyone can tell me how to get the host XP 'add network driver' routine to use the drivers setup.exe file instead of looking for a .inf file - Or perhaps tell me how to make a .inf file that will load the exe file - then I can use that for the network printer set up - that would be great.
Please don't suggest a dual boot I need to have access to the W8 system at the same time.
Thank you so much for your time.
I just joined today and my profile says I use XP pro (but that's just the guest VM) I'm actually using W8 but there was no option on the form to choose that.
This post has been edited by beevo: 19 January 2013 - 12:58 PM