Fastback Foilfast P21x Alternate Windows Installation

posted this on Feb 3, 2016

Normally installing the Powis P21x Foilfast printer on a windows computer is quite easy. You simply plug the printer into the computer and it will automatically detect it. However, in some cases windows will not automatically see if you are trying to install your Powis Parker Fastback Foilfast printer on your windows box and it isn’t automatically detected, this article will provide you with alternative windows installation instructions.

1. To access the printer installation software, insert the Software Installation CD in your CD drive and open the folder titled “Windows,” or download the software from the Powis website (http://www.powis.com/software). If you have any Fastback FoilFast software loaded on your computer from a previous installation it is very important that you remove it before you proceed. You can uninstall the FoilFast software in your control panel under add or remove programs (for windows XP).

2. Navigate to the folder where you have your drivers (either on the CD or in the download that you obtained from the powis website). Double click on the file titled “Setup.exe”. This should cause the Printer Driver Installation screen to appear.

3. Choose the language you prefer for installation. Click ‘Next.’ The End User License Agreement dialog box appears.

4. Click to check the box labeled “I accept the terms of the above License Agreement.” If you do not agree to the license terms, click ‘Exit.’ Otherwise, click ‘Next.’ The second Printer Installation dialog box appears.

5. Choose the appropriate printer. Click ‘Next.’ The Available Platforms dialog box appears. Make sure that the appropriate software platform is chosen (Windows 2000/XP/2003). Under “Do you want to share this printer?” click the button labeled ‘No.’

6. Click ‘Next.’ The third Printer Installation dialog box appears.

7. The software will find the port that it determines is the most suitable choice for you computer. If you want to switch ports, click the arrow to the right of the chosen port and other available ports will appear. If you are using a parallel printer cable you will more than likely use the LPT1 port. This is a very important step. If you choose the incorrect printer port your P21x will not work and you will need to uninstall and reinstall the FoilFast software.

8. Under ‘Printer Name’ you can change the name of your printer as you wish.

9. If you wish to use the Foilfast printer as your default printer (not recommended), check the button labeled ‘Yes.’ The default is ‘No.’

10. Click ‘Next.’ The “Ready to Start Copying” dialog box appears.

11. Click Finish. After the installation has finished, a dialog announcing that the installation was successful should appear.

12. Click ‘Exit to Windows.’ Your printer is now ready to use. If, for any reason, your installation was not successful, remove all components of the Foilfast software from your computer and try again using a different Port.

After you have completed the installation you should be able to print a test page using your foilfast printer. If your test page prints properly then you will know that you printer is set up correctly. If your page doesn’t print, there is a good chance that you have the wrong port selected and you will need to reinstall the software.

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