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1  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Old Windows System, DSL, and a Printer on: December 04, 2017, 09:09:49 PM
This line at damnsmalllinux.org is the reason I joined your forum:

"Boot from within a host operating system (that's right, it can run *inside* Windows"

I'm an advanced Windows user (occasionally expert), but I've never used a Linux distro.

Windows 98SE is installed on an incredibly rugged laptop.  I stopped using this system online years ago, but
several of the apps (including DOS) continue to be very useful.

Recently, I helped a friend empty out a couple of rooms in his home.  A contractor was hired to perform needed
renovations.  We found a factory sealed box in a closet.  It's an HP Deskjet D4260.  For some unknown reason,
he stored the box on a closet shelf and forgot it existed!  He didn't want the printer, so I took it home.

Installing Deskjet D4260 with 98SE seemed like a good way to keep this old system alive.  I needed drivers
and print utility.  The driver alone are not enough because without a print utility you can't align the print head
or perform basic maintenance operations.

HP does not have a 98SE software package for Deskjet D4260.  I tried their Universal Driver for 98.  Didn't work.

HP Universal W98W98SE USB DJ LJ Driver:
http://www.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=1344325

I've got the "world famous" KernelEx installed.  With KernelEx set to Win2000 I tried installing drivers and utilities
on the printer CD.  That didn't work either.

The best recommended solution is to download HP software for similar printers that are compatible with 98SE.
Many people on other forums claim success using this method.  Again, it didn't work for me.

I was about to donate this printer to Goodwill, when I found DSL while performing a Google search.  If I can boot
DSL from within 98SE it should be possible to use Deskjet D4260.

I must ask some basic questions.  When DSL is opened on my Desktop will it look anything like Windows?  I don't
want to go back to kindergarten, if you know what I mean.  If I download DSL, are there "easy to follow" directions
about installing and using this tiny system?  Finally, are there Linux drivers and a print utility that are compatible
with HP Deskjet D4260?

Thanks guys!
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