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Getting Started With Your ThinkPad
Installing a Local Printer
- With your laptop off, connect the printer to the laptop. You will
probably need to use one of the USB ports on the left side of the ThinkPad.
- Turn on the laptop and let it start up.
- Windows will normally find the connected printer and
configure it automatically for you. If Windows doesn't find it, use the next
steps to set up the printer yourself using Windows Add Printer Wizard.
- Go to Start, Printers and Faxes.
- Under the Printer Tasks section, click Add a
printer to launch the Add Printer Wizard.
- Click Next on the Welcome screen.
- On the first page of the wizard, click to enable the
printer attached to this computer option. A local printer is attached directly to your computer. It's
not a printer that you reach over the network.
- Click to remove the check from the Automatically
detect and install my Plug and Play printer checkbox. Click Next.
- Choose the port on your computer to which the print
device is attached. For the ThinkPad you will probably connect the printer
using USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB) in the dropdown list. When
you've selected the port, click Next.
- Install Printer Software.
- On the left side of this page is a list of common
printer manufacturers. Choose the manufacturer for the print device you
- After you choose a manufacturer from the left side
of the page, the list on the right changes to display printer models
made by the selected manufacturer. Choose the model of the print device
you are installing. Click Next.
- If the driver is already installed for the printer, be
sure the Keep existing driver (recommended) radio button is selected,
then click Next.
- By default, Windows creates a name for your print
device based on its manufacturer and model number (for example, HP DeskJet
855C). If you want the printer icon to have a different name, type a new
name in the Printer name text box. If you want your new printer to be
the default printer used by programs on your computer, click Yes. If
you prefer to preserve an existing default printer, click No. Click
- Click Yes if you want Windows to print a test page to ensure that
your new printer is working properly. Click Next.
- Review the configuration of your new printer. If you discover any
problems or errors in this information, click Back to go back through the
steps of the installation. If you are satisfied with the information
displayed here, click Finish.
- A window will display telling you the test page is
being sent to the printer. If the test page printed, click OK.
- If the test page did not print, click Troubleshoot and follow the steps given.
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