If you’re like me, you have a trusty and reliable IBM/Lexmark 4039 printer hanging around your home or office and still wish to use it while using Windows 7. This is certainly not a simple task as Lexmark does not make a driver for the 4039 series specifically for Windows 7. This is further complicated by Windows 7 not allowing the old 4039 drivers to be used on Windows 7!
The following is a less than ideal, crude but effective method of getting the Lexmark 4039 printer working on Windows 7. This guide is documentation of what I have done to get this working and includes some unorthodox techniques.
First, you’ll need to grab the universal print driver by HP (yes, HP, not Lexmark). Apparently the HP guys weren’t kidding when they said “universal.” This sounds great, until you realize that HP’s download links all point to an empty directory on their FTP servers. The file needed is:
If you’re on 32-bit: upd-5_0_1-ps_winxp-vista.exe
If you’re on 64-bit: upd-5_0_1-ps_winxp-vista-x64.exe
Luckily, with some internet searching, I was able to find these files available at: http://ftp.backschues.net/pub/driver/hp_clj1515n/driver/ – The file sizes are similar to what HP said they would be and Windows Defender didn’t turn up any malware notices so chances are these files are unmodified.
Next, run the executable. Considering how old the printer was, I was conservative and used the version 5.0 driver. On my system, it seemed this installation hung after a while. Turned out there was an Add Printer dialog hidden beneath other windows for me, Alt-Tabbing to that window then completing the wizard solved that problem.
If you are using a USB-to-Parallel converter (as I am using), have the converter installed first before doing this. Windows 7’s default drivers work perfectly for my converter. During the add printer wizard, just select which USB port you’ll be using for printing and go through the rest of the wizard as usual.
Once you’ve installed the driver, you’ll need to reconfigure it.
In the Printer Properties, disable the “Add Euro Currency Symbol to PostScript Fonts.” I don’t need the Euro symbol and felt the less my printer needed to do unnecessarily – the better.
In Printing Preferences, match your configuration to mine:
Viola, now you should have a working Lexmark 4039 printer on Windows 7. Thanks HP for universal drivers!