Feeds

HP eventually wakes up to Win2K

Oops! Maybe we should write some drivers, guys.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

When Windows 2000 was launched back in February, a common complaint was a shortage of drivers, video cards in particular being badly served. The latest - and we're really talking late here - group of users to be hit are those using one of HP's popular OfficeJet printer/fax/scanner devices, who were originally promised that a Win2K driver for the OfficeJet 500, 600, 700 and T series would ship this month. Now the aptly named Customer Self-Service Centre is advising June as the earliest a full set of drivers will be available. In the meantime, a beta print-only driver is available, which, while functional, does not offer any of the friendly menu driven controls for such vital tasks as aligning and cleaning print cartridges or receiving faxes into the PC. And that user-friendliness must surely be one of the key reasons home and small office users bought the thing in the first place. Was HP unaware that a major new operating system was about to be launched? When did the company start working on the new drivers? How long should it take to write and test them? What planet was HP on for the last two years so that it didn't see any of the hype surrounding Win2Ks imminent arrival? "We are making every effort to expedite the release of the OfficeJet Windows 2000 software," bleats the HP website. Of course you are, chaps. But OfficeJet users should at least be grateful - if Win2K had shipped on time, they'd have had to wait 18 months for drivers, rather than a mere six. ® Related story HP punters shout online over missing W2K driver

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.