Skip to main content

HP c6180 Printer and Vista


Hp c6180 driver issues with Vista Home Premium

My wife has a Vista Home Premium laptop, and the HP C6180 Photosmart printer keeps disappearing from her available printers.  The only way I've found to fix the problem is to reinstall all the HP software. When I do this, I have to download the (large..507Msoftware from HP, or reinstall the printer (ONLY the printer, not the scanner) with the installation disk, as the drivers are not discovered with a "Windows Update" setting.  My guess is that is because HP doesn't like people to install only the printer driver, which would be easy, but they want folks to install all their crapware as well, so they are withholding the drivers from the on-line Microsoft printer database.  So keep your installation CD!  I've also found that unless I install everything on the CD or in the Full Version download (HP Customer Participation Program, HP Imaging Device functions, HP OCR SW, HP All-In-one SW, HP Photosmart Essential, HP Solution Center, HP Update, and HPSSupply via their recommended installation settings), I can't do something as simple as scan to a PDF!   Fricken GHETTO HP!  What is with all this crap I have to install?  All I want to do is print and scan to a PDF.  Is that so fricken hard that I have to install all your CRAP?

Yesterday, after Windows or HP did an update the HP c6180 device was gone again.  So I got out the installation CD to reinstall.  I was able to install the printer using the driver on the CD, but the the HP Solution Center (a program needed to scan from a computer) wouldn't find the HP device even though it printed fine.  I need the HP Solution Center for scanning, so this had to be fixed.

Since I had to reinstall everything, I wanted to start with a clean install.  So I went into the Control Panel and tried to remove all the crappy HP programs above.  This was my first mistake, as HP doesn't uninstall cleanly from the Control Pannel... you have to use their install program to uninstall as well.  Anyway, I forgot that, so I started with removing the Solution Center first and it said that it would remove the rest of the HP junkware.   I thought that was nice.  It automatically rebooted the laptop after "uninstalling" the programs (I hate that... No option to check what was uninstalled prior to the reboot).

After a reboot the Solution Center and HP Photosmart Essential, icons were still on the desktop, even thought I said to uninstall ALL HP programs previously.  As a matter of fact, when I went into the Control Panel, all the above programs were still installed!  So I started trying to uninstall them again--one by one.   I don't know if it was Vista or HP, but half of the programs wouldn't uninstall... Nothing happened after I clicked uninstall!  Reboot.  still there... Tried to remove through the HP installer and through the Control Panel... Still couldn't.  

I used Explorer to delete all the HP files I could on the hard drive, used Task Manager to kill the HP processes, and ran Msconfig to stop HP junk from starting at bootup.  Reboot.   Only 4 HP programs left.  The Control Program wouldn't let me remove them, so I deleted all the HP files from the hard drive manually, forcing their deletion.   Then when I went into the control panel and clicked on them, Windows recognized the files were gone and asked me if I wanted to remove the program icon from the Control Panel, which I did.  Reboot (much faster reboot without the HP crap).  Removed all the start menu programs and folders, and finally the laptop was HP-Free!

I inserted the HP installation CD, Still wouldn't install even running setup as admin!  Grrrrrr!  Then it hit me!  The drivers for Vista don't come on the CD, so I used the download Vista drivers from HP (the 163MB AIO_CDA_Full_Network_enu_nb file).  This ran, and I installed everything (like I knew I had to in order to scan to a PDF).  while it was installing, it incredibly had to download more files!  I guess 163MB is just the loader!  After about 10 minutes (at ~1MB/sec), it was done.  When I looked at my desktop I was surprised that the Solution Center, the only software I wanted, wasn't installed!  Grrrrr.  

So I ran AIO... Again.  The Solution Center wasn't in the software list.  WTF?  I downloaded and extracted the AIO... File again, making sure that I downloaded the full version (again, it was 160M.  Installed full version... Still no Solution Center!  Uninstalled all HP programs through the Control Panel again.  Reboot.  

So I went into the installer, and selected custom vs recommended, and I found out why it wasn't installing the software--because it said it is already installed!  Clearly it isn't.  Apparently when it wouldn't uninstall the HP programs and I deleted them from hand, it kept the registry settings that say it is installed.  Time for another system restore point!  

After the system restore,I tried various times of uninstalling and reinstalling the device through the HP AIO... Program above.  When I tried to install the Solution Center, it said it was already installed.  When I tried to uninstall it, nothing.  At one point it even quit finding the networked printer so it wouldn't even continue with the installation attempt!  Talk about frustrating!  

After a bunch of attempts to install, I found myself in the loop where HP wouldn't uninstall the Solution Center, because it said it wasn't installed, but wouldn't install it because it said it was already installed!  

The only recourse at this point was to revert to an old Acronis image of the computer, which involved backing up all the data I needed (emails, documents, ect), restoring the image, and putting all the email accounts and documents back.  The overall process took me about 9 hours of total work.   All for a stupid dropped printer.  

Lesson learned... Sucky HP + Sucky Vista = Really sucky experience... 9 hours wasted--this time alone.

Comments


  1. Excellent post and wonderful blog, I really like this type of interesting articles keep it u

    123hpremoteassistance Officejet 6812 Printer Setup

    ReplyDelete
  2. Really its very useful information that you have shared and thanks for sharing the information with us.
    123 HP Officejet 6812

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow best example for Hp c6180 driver issues with Vista Home Premium. Thanks for sharing this. 123.hp.com/setup

    ReplyDelete
  4. Remarkable articles 123.hp.com Thanks for sharing useful information

    ReplyDelete
  5. First-class Structure 123.hp.com , First-rate Study 123.hp.com , Flattering Stuff 123.hp.com , Forceful Substance 123.hp.com , Forcible Summary 123.hp.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Disciplined Judgement 123.hp.com , Distinct Key 123.hp.com , Diverting Knowledge 123.hp.com , Doable Leading 123.hp.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Cheerful Training 123.hp.com , Cheering Unit 123.hp.com , Cheery Vignette 123.hp.com , Cherished Accepted 123.hp.com , Chic Acknowledgement 123.hp.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. A1 Advice 123.hp.com , Absolute Agenda 123.hp.com , Absolutely Aim 123.hp.com , Acceptable Anecode 123.hp.com , Accepted Apex 123.hp.com , Accepting Appreciable 123.hp.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u


    123.hp.com Printer Setup

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ADS-B plotting with Kali (and other SDR goodies)

Recently I wanted to try some Software Defined Radio stuff.   
I had a RTL-SDR, FM+DAB, DVB-T USB Stick Set with RTL2832U & R820T. that I got from: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C37AZXK/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
But, even though this dongle would break out FM radio stations, and ATC frequencies (like the local Ground Control, tower, and even ATIS), which was cool, it wouldn't break out ADS-B.   
Thus, I bought a Vantech Green Mini RTL2832U R820T DVB-T SDR DAB FM USB DIGITAL TV Tuner Receiver RTL-SDR Project + DAB dongle Tuner MCX Input from Amazon, and tried this.  
This dongle was able to listen to the 1090MHz frequency required for ADS-B (as it goes from 25MHz to 1700MHz).  There were tons of Windows programs out there for breaking out and plotting ADS-B Mode S broadcasts, but not many for Linux.  
For Kali Linux, here's how I got it running and plotting planes around my home:
0) before you start, you should do an apt-get update to ensure you hav…

atftpd vs tftpd-hpa

Recently I was trying to tftp files from a Windows computer to a Kali box.   One version of Windows worked, but another didn't.    After much troubleshooting, here were my symptoms:

I could tftp a file from-to any Kali box from-to another Kali box
I could NOT tftp files to a specific Windows 7 box from any Kali box
I could NOT tftp files to a Chrooted-Ubuntu-Chromebook box from a Kali box

After MUCH troubleshooting, going through every setting in atftpd, it seemed like it literally was a client OS problem.  Different clients simply would not download files---unacceptable.

Thus, I switched to tftpd-hpa.   To install:
apt-get install tftpd-hpa

files go to/come from /srv/tftp, but it needs to be a tftp user. Thus, I needed to:
chroot -R /srv/tftp

Also, if you want to be able to put files ON the tftp server (from a client), you need to modify /etc/default/tftpd-hpa:
change "TFTP_OPTIONS="--secure" to "TFTP_OPTIONS="--secure --create"

I also changed the IP li…

Temper Temperature monitor on a Beaglebone Black

Beaglebone Black as a temperature monitor:

Recently I wanted to monitor the temperature of my shed.  I thought I'd use a small computer such as a Raspberry Pi or a Beaglebone or Odroid.

My Raspberry Pi boxes were all in use, so I grabbed my Beaglebone, which was doing nothing.

I flashed it with the Debian9.32018-03-054GB SDIoTimage, but that seemed like it was running lots of bloatware and the ethernet interface wouldn't take a static IP with /etc/network/interfaces.

So I went with the Debian9.32018-01-284GB SDLXQTi image instead.  I still had the same problem, that lots of junk was running, and I couldn't configure my interface by modifying /etc/network/interfaces

So my first step was to get rid of all the bloatware.  If you're using a Raspberry Pi or something, you can skip this and just go to the second step below

STEP 1--Remove Blotatware from Beaglebone Black:

With some searching, I came across this post:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/inte…