22 Oct 2013, 03:36
Does anyone know where I can get a driver for an HP 7586B Drafting Plotter? I have been to the HP site, and it says the driver is not available from that website. It does not say where it is available, however.
18 Feb 2014, 10:34
If you've still got this machine, there might be places to get a driver. There is an outfit that sells nice drivers for it online, but last time I checked, they were a bit pricey, like 200 bucks or more. If you're interested, I can find their name. Have you actually tried getting the right cable, plugging it into your XP box, turning on the plotter, and going through the "found new hardware" process? You'd be surprised how long Windows kept drivers for these old machines. That or try and find the place in a Win 2000 machine where the drivers are kept. Even better odds there. The problem, even if you do find the driver in Windows, is that it's the basic one issued by HP; it only does certain page sizes. The nice thing about the aftermarket driver is that it allows for custom page sizes. That is, up to the limit set by the plotter itself. They have very defined plot length limits. That's the annoying thing, regardless of driver.
I've used these plotters quite a bit, and have done numerous experiments, as far as drivers and software goes. Back then, drivers were very similar, and in tech circles, were sometimes referred to as "generic drivers". IIRC, I've been able to send a file to an HP pen plotter from a Roland driver for an old PNC 1100. The problem was that while the vector came through OK, it was turned around and moved, I might have been able to fix that by tweaking the starting points, can't remember what they're called, there are just two.
Back ten years ago, this pen plotter as sign machine was a more popular topic online, especially in Europe. The biggest site was Lubberth, a Dutch guy I think. I just found the link:
I have more info, just don't want to type it out right now.