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By pmfturner ·
I have recently formatted my C drive, and amongst having problems with the display characteristics of my monitor, I have been unable to install a Lexmark printer (although my HP4L works satisfactorily). System specification is :-
Motherboard - Intel CA810E
Display - Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)
Processor ? 700 MHz Pentium III
Windows 98SE
The above specification has been confirmed using both ?Belarc Advisor? and the ?Driver Guide Toolkit? (the latter from Centric).

When I have tried installing the Lexmark software, the following message is displayed :-

?This printer could not be installed. Quite all programs, restart Windows, and then try again. If the problem persists, contact your system administrator.?

The problem persists ! Whilst trying to run one of the other setup (!) files, I have received a further message :-

?There are no valid INF files for this operating system. Unable to continue installation.?

What are INF files, is this perhaps the problem with my printer installation (and maybe my monitor display ?), and how do I rectify ?

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by dmiles In reply to INF Files

A setup information (.inf) file is a text file that you can use to extend the setup process. Scripts based on .inf files take advantage of the setup engine built into Windows. The primary advantage of using the built-in setup engine is its smaller size. Such functions as copying files, adding registry entries, and creating shortcuts are already part of the Windows operating system. You need to ship only the .inf file and the program files you want to install. A separate script is required for each component that you want to install or uninstall. Note that a Windows .inf file cannot prompt the user for a destination directory?the directory must be hard-coded in the .inf file.

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by donmars In reply to INF Files

Well you may be using printer drivers for another windows operarting system. Be sure the install software is for W98. An information file (.inf) provides installation instructions. The INF file is a text file that specifies the files that need to be present or downloaded for your component to run.
As far trying to install the printer, try a manual install. First uninstall the HP. Go to add printer and click next then select LOCAL PRINTER click next, check that LPT 1 is selected. Click next then click the HAVE DISK button then click browse and browse the LexMark printer CD for DRIVERS then Win 98 then find the .inf file and OPEN. Back at the install window note the path is now listed so click OK. Follow through with te rest. When done reinstall the HP using it's install applet.

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