Friday, June 10, 2011

Printing on Windows 64 with the Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W

Konica apparently does not have a native Windows 64-bit driver, which apparently is required because the Minolta PagePro 1350W is sort of like a WinModem in that it contains no PostScript/PCL processor. Therefore, while the company apparently provides univeral drivers,, none of these will work. If you try to print to the 1350W, you'll find that the green LED lights up but nothing comes out.

The explanation is described here:

Instead, the Windows GDI display information is passed to your Windows
print driver--which in this case is actually the RIP, the raster image
processor itself for this marking engine. Once the RIP is finished (it
uses your host computer's power to do all the work in turning your
document into a laser bitmap), it sends the bitmap to the marking engine
over the USB cable.

The workaround is to use a WinXP machine as the print server, and install the PagePro 1400W on your Windows 7 machine ( You must also disable Bidirectional Printing since the printer driver tries to get an acknowledgment back from the printer before printing the full document. The steps to setup the print server is described below:

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