I revived my ancient printerhttps://bibbyteam.jaxboards.com/index.php?act=vt1721Bibby:https://bibbyteam.jaxboards.com/index.php?act=vt1721&findpost=1My circa-1998 HP DeskJet 722C printer hadn&#039;t printed a page in a decade or so, but I decided it would be fun to get it running again! It&#039;s old, but it&#039;s always been a fast, quiet, and reliable machine. This printer originally came with a Gateway PC running Windows 98. The Gateway has had two motherboards fail me, so I scuttled the idea of trying to get the printer running on that computer.<br /> <br /> This printer was designed for older operating systems and likely isn&#039;t compatible with Windows 10 (or 8, for what that&#039;s worth). Fortunately, I have a Windows 7 desktop computer that doesn&#039;t get much use anymore, so I decided to give that a try. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this 23-year-old printer played nice with a Windows 7 machine. Said Windows 7 PC is 32-bit and has a parallel port, which greatly simplified setup.<br /> <br /> After downloading the driver, I got the printer and computer on speaking terms. However, when I tried to print a document, the page was blank. I suspected the ink cartridge had gone bad - it probably dates back to late 2004, maybe early 2005. There was a lot of gunk around the nozzle - it looked like Gooper Blooper had had a field day there! I tried cleaning it with a Q-Tip and some alcohol, but that didn&#039;t help - when I printed after cleaning, the output was still blank. The indicator on the cartridge suggested that there wasn&#039;t much ink left in the cartridge, and I&#039;d bet it&#039;s all dried up by now.<br /> <br /> Fortunately, I had a replacement cartridge on hand. This unopened ink cartridge is over two decades past its expiration date of November 2001! We got it from our school system&#039;s surplus sales center around 2005 - we wanted a backup cartridge just in case HP stopped making cartridges for this old but trusty printer. I have no idea what kind of abuse it suffered in its former life, although I know it suffered through some rather extreme heat sitting in the garage for years. I popped this old cartridge in our printer yesterday and was slightly shocked to see that the printer worked as good as new.<br /> <br /> The moral of the story? Really old HP printers - and print cartridges - are surprisingly durable little things.1Mon, 09 Aug 2021 21:27:11 +0000Nite:https://bibbyteam.jaxboards.com/index.php?act=vt1721&findpost=52Nice work there man! That stuff had to be dried up like driveway tar!<br /> It&#039;s amazing how so many of these old printers are still running strong.52Tue, 10 Aug 2021 15:54:16 +0000Bibby:https://bibbyteam.jaxboards.com/index.php?act=vt1721&findpost=1@Nite Thanks! Yeah, it&#039;s amazing that this printer is working great after almost a quarter century. While computer hardware has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, printers are chiefly mechanical devices and haven&#039;t caught up - and companies have found lots of innovative ways to add &quot;features&quot; that are decidedly consumer-unfriendly! I doubt many of today&#039;s consumer-oriented printers will be running in 2044.1Wed, 11 Aug 2021 01:26:54 +0000Mon, 29 Nov 2021 23:32:56 +0000