Does anyone know of an HP Printer driver for windows 98 that will enable me to map to and print to an HP Officejet 8610 printer connected to a machine on the network that runs a newer OS? The 8610 does not have a 98 driver.
You can try the generic text driver if all you need to print is text. Otherwise, you can try another officejet driver available to you even though you dont have the 8610 driver.
I use to do this with laserjet drivers all of the time. I'd use the laserjet4 for printing to newer laserjets. For the most part, printing text and graphics would work. i just didnt have access to the advanced settings on the newer printer (duplexing, etc..). You can try that with an older officejet driver.
Besides the fact that Win98 is waaaaay out of date and insecure, why don't you upgrade to a current (or recent) Linux system? The CUPS printer files for Linux/Unix can probably handle your printer without problem. Also, viruses will pretty much be a thing of the past.
Pretty sure that they still do this but when Windows 3.1 was still supported and Windows 95 and 98 were new, HP always included in their initial printer codes on the code set for the HP Laser Jet Series II printer. It allowed us to hard code in the control set for compatibility in software revisions. When ever we received new HP printers and the driver was not yet available for the OS being used, that was what we installed until it was. Also worked on their Desk Jet (Ink Jet) printers.
The problem is solved. I can now print fine to the HP Officejet Pro 8610 from my Windows 98 machine with the Windows 98 driver for the HP Deskjet 9800 series printer. When you run the executable to install the 9800 there is an option to install it as a nework printer using a TCP/IP connection (without verifying the printer) and that works fine.