Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 4,505 KB
Operating System: Windows 98
Latest Version / Release Date: 11.12 / 9/21/98
One of the roles of the device driver is to make the supported hardware component not just operational but functional as well. Since the HP DeskJet 870 Series is a relatively old printer hardware newer operating systems may provide a basic device driver that allow the printer to be operational. In this scenario the basic device driver may allow the supported hardware component to print but the more advanced feature sets may not be activated. In the same manner that the control buttons on the hardware component may fail to function as intended by the manufacturer. Because the device driver is partially responsible for providing the software interface for the control panel applet the basic driver may not provide such user interface when used with the HP DeskJet 870 Series device. The device driver also allows the host computer system to correctly recognize the attached hardware component.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The HP DeskJet 870 Series is designed to provide print quality similar to those delivered by laser printers in terms of quality. It is also capable of handling both plain paper and transparencies. The option to do this can be defined by the computer user from the control panel applet provided by the device driver. The same device driver is responsible for providing access to the 26 built-in scalable font types supported by the hardware component. In terms of connectivity support the device driver for the HP DeskJet 870 Series provides the communication layer for the implementation of IEEE 1284 compliant connection. This type of connection allows for the use of bidirectional parallel printing execution. Whenever possible this particular hardware component can also be deployed over a computer network environment provided that the proper supporting hardware is present. The device driver also provides the necessary communication layer in this type of infrastructure. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and HP DeskJet 870 Series errors before installing any driver updates.