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Installing Barry Hall plotter

Windows Vista/7


  1. Open the start menu and click Devices and Printers. On the window that opens, click on Add a Printer, which is located in the upper left corner.
  2. Choose the Add a Local Printer option in the wizard that has opened. Select the bubble next to Create a new port. Select Standard TCP/IP Port from the drop down menu next to Type of Port. Then click Next.
  3. In the Hostname or IP Address field, type: “”. This will automatically fill in the Port Name field. Make sure the query the printer… box is unchecked. Click Next. It may take a bit while it says “detecting the TCP/IP port”. This is normal.
  4. After this it should say the device was not found on the network. Just make sure it says “Generic Network Card” in the Standard field and click Next.
  5. Go to and click Support and Drivers.  Search for HP DesignJet 5500ps and select your operating system. Then click the download link next to HP DesignJet 5500ps Series PostScript Driver. Save the file and then find it and run it. Click Browse to select where you want to unzip the driver to. Click unzip to install the driver.
  6. Back on the Add a Printer Wizard, select the Have Disk button. Then Click Browse and go to the location that you unzipped the driver to and select the file named “dj5500”. Then click OK. The window will now show two choices; select “HP Designjet 5500ps 42 PS3” and click Next.
  7. You can name the printer anything you want but we recommend something like “Barry Hall plotter”.  Click Next; it will then install the printer. Make sure the do not share this printer option is selected and click Next. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
  8. Go back to the Devices and Printers window and locate the printer you just set up. Right click on it and select Properties or if you are using Windows 7, select Printer Properties. Go to the Ports tab and click on Configure Port. Change the protocol to LPR and check the box labeled LPR Byte Counting Enabled. Type “downtown-plotter” in the Queue Name field. Click OK and then Close. The Plotter should now be set up on your computer.

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Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 11:16:16 AM