Brent, that site works for me, on 2/14/10 at 11:44 AM EST. I just downloaded
the "HP Universal Print Drive for Windows PCL6" without a hitch by pressing the
black download button next to the driver's name on the page corresponding to the
link you provided after your text "driver request" in your above e-mail.
Perhaps me or someone else who seems to be able to download from that page can
e-mail the specific driver(s) you want from that page as e-mail attachments?
| Brent, that site works for me, on 2/14/10 at 11:44 AM EST. I just downloaded
| the "HP Universal Print Drive for Windows PCL6" without a hitch by pressing the
| black download button next to the driver's name on the page corresponding to
| link you provided after your text "driver request" in your above e-mail.
| Perhaps me or someone else who seems to be able to download from that page can
| e-mail the specific driver(s) you want from that page as e-mail attachments?
That's neither the hardware driver nor TWAIN driver. That is only the PCL print
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:55:56 -0500, David H. Lipman wrote:
Oh no. It's hard enough to download any driver on the HP ftp site web page,
let alone the right driver!
Of these choices for the LaserJet 3200m http://tinyurl.com/y9m742c
Which is the TWAIN driver?
HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL5
HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6
HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PostScript
hp LaserJet 3200 firmware update utility
hp LaserJet 3200 PCL 5e driver
hp LaserJet 3200 PCL 5e point and print bundle
HP LaserJet 3200 PCL 6 driver
HP LaserJet 3200 PCL 6 Point and Print Bundle
HP LaserJet 3200m PCL 5e, PCL 6, PS Driver Bundle
hp LaserJet 3200 software update
HP LaserJet 3200m PS Point and Print Bundle
HP LaserJet Windows XP Communication Patch
HP LaserJet 3200m PS All-In-One Printer
Or are none of these options the TWAIN driver?
Hours later, I try again, and get a teeny tiny bit farther:
1. I go here
2. I select the download button for the
hp LaserJet 3200 firmware update utility
3. It tries to get this file
4. But the error message invariably is
The server at ftp.hp.com is taking too long to respond.
Likewise with the "hp LaserJet 3200 PCL 5e driver" at
Can anyone else get these HP software driver URLs?
I don't even know most of my neighbor's names, and have never been in
Nothing against them, mind you, it just never came up. We nod and wave
when we are out on our respective evening walks, one guy borrowed my
ladder once (which I happily lent, since he surprised me with a cleared
driveway a couple times before I bought my snow blower), and we shoot
the breeze when a house goes vacant, and all gather for the realtor open
house. But we don't really socialize. Only reason I think some of them
even have computers, is because my router shows them banging on the
door.... (Not on purpose, I'm sure- just typical big-box promiscuous
Guess I got stand-offish living in apartments all those decades, what
with the constant turnover, and too-tight quarters. But having an
old-fashioned neighborhood like you do is a very nice thing....
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:04:11 -0500, aemeijers wrote:
If that route would have worked, I would have substituted "local library"
for "friendly neighbor".
Either way would work IF HP actually supplied the TWAIN scanner drivers for
the Laser Jet 3200 m on their web site.
8:48:06 PM shows others have tried and failed.
The necessary TWAIN drivers for the scanner on the HP 3200m are NOT
available for free on the HP download site. You have to order a replacement
Now, at least, I know what I need to do. (finally)
Works fine for me, like downloading from HP almost always does. I'm not
a fan of their bloatware client applications, but never had any trouble
finding drivers. Like others have said, I think something about your
connection is choked down, or your firewall is trying to protect you.
You may need to make the HP sites 'trusted sites' in whatever
browser/security/firewall packages you are using.
Of course, until you figure it out, you could always just take the
document down to Kinko's or someplace, and have them scan it to a thumb
drive or disc for you.
The last time I had a really serious software issue was with the first
version of Win95. But, then, I had been through the trials of Win 3 to
try to overcome their kernel problems....made a computer user of me :o)
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:57:04 -0500, aemeijers wrote:
Actually I ended up taking a photograph of the document and then printing
that photograph to PDF with the cutePDF freeware printer driver.
But the results are substandard - and scanning directly from the HP 3200m
LaserJet to an OCR-capable PDF file on disk is really the way to go.
On Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:12:34 +0000 (UTC), Brent wrote:
I should mention that the reason the results sucked were mostly that some
strange effect cropped in the picture so that NONE of the four sides were
parallel with each other!
I'm not sure why, but, somehow the camera introduced a bending of the
Somehow, the 8.5x11 sheet of paper, when photographed, had the sides bent
at a slight angle such that cropping could only be done by cutting into the
Even then, the edges of the text didn't coincide evenly with the edges of
the cropped edge of the paper.
Google "barrel distortion" and "pincushion distortion".
First, if your lens can fill the frame with the document through its entire
zoom range, try different focal lengths and see if it has a low-distortion
sweet spot--if it does then remember to use that for document copying.
If it doesn't have a sweet spot that's good enough, then you need to do
To do distortion correction, first check whatever image editor you are using
and see if it has a built in capability--if so try that. If it's not good
enough then you need a third-party product. PTLens works and is cheap, DxO
has more features and is not so cheap. Both have free trials.
Or you can if you are using a DSLR or Micro 4/3 camera get a purpose made
If your camera has a moderate number of pixel, instead of making the
document as large a percent of the image as possible, back down and make
the document a much smaller percent of the total image. This should help
with the edge distortion as there is no distortion in the middle area of
To get the final image, crop the image to document size. Most text
documents do not require a significant number of pixels in the image to
get a readable image. I have seen 640X480 document images that are
quite readable. Most modern cameras, even with significant cropping
will give you more pixel in the image than 640X480
Or use any of the super-zoom P&S cameras which have extremely low geometric
distortions. A good example being the Canon Powershot S2, S3, and S5 IS P&S
cameras. All using the same lens design. Perfect for document copying
"Barrel distortion - 1.0% at Wide angle, Equiv. focal length: 36 mm
Pincushion distortion - 0.1% at Telephoto, Equiv. focal length: 432 mm
The S5 IS exhibits remarkably low distortion given the huge focal length
range - 1.1% barrel distortion at the wide end, and no measurable
distortion at all at the full 432mm telephoto end. There is also only
barely measurable - and hardly noticeable - vignetting."
This is something that few if any DSLR lenses can accomplish. There are
other super-zoom P&S cameras from other companies with similar exceptional
performance. Hunt them out. In the above example, the barrel distortion is
mostly at the wide-end and nearly all of the full focal-length zoom range
is devoid of geometric distortion.
No need for overpriced DxO bloatware to try to correct all the problems
with overpriced and special-use DSLR novelty glass.
(When are you DSLR Trolls going to realize that your hopeful imaginings are
never going to win against reality.)
If you absolutely must frustrate yourself with badly corrected and
overpriced DSLR optics, you can get a little break from the money you've
wasted so far by using a free "Lens Correction" plugin from this link
Usable with virtually any editor that supports plugins, including all the
Granted, there are better plugins out there, and most editors these days
include lens-geometry correction filters already built-in. But if you are
without, the above will probably suffice. Use the zoom buttons and then
move the image so a border of your image is up against the viewing frame,
then make that edge aligned straight with the viewing pane's straight-edge.
That's usually the photographer, not the camera. It's caused by not
having the viewing axis of the camera exactly perpendicular to the
plane of the painting. If you're not used to doing that it's a tricky
thing to get right.
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