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Article ID: 249042

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q249042

If this article does not describe your hardware-related issue, please see the following Microsoft Web site to view more articles about hardware:


When you attempt to print to a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 870Cse printer, you may receive one of the following error messages:

  • Cannot print, be sure the printer is connected properly and use control panel to verify the printer is configured properly
  • Error initializing output device
  • A system error occurred while printing this document


This behavior can occur because the printer driver included with Windows 98 may not be fully compatible with the printer.


To resolve this issue, contact Hewlett-Packard technical support to obtain an updated printer driver.

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The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


To work around this issue, install the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 660c driver from the Windows CD-ROM.


For additional information about installing a printer driver, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

142984 How to Install New Hardware in Windows

Additional query words: HWPRNEM hp

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