Has anyone else experienced problems printing from SolidWorks to a
> 5000 series HP printer? We have had at least 50 HP printers over the
> years and have not had any trouble to speak of when it comes to
> drivers. One of our outside consultants for Windows keeps telling us
> that we absolutely should be using the PCL 6 or 5e drivers to get the
> most out of the printers. The problem is that anything printed from
> SoWo comes out portrait on 8 1/2 paper. Can't landscape or print to
> 11x17 no matter what preferences are set for the printer or any other
> settings. The only way to make things work for SoWo is to go back to
> the HP 5000 series PCL driver (which is PCL 4). Then things work
> fine. Unfortunately some of the advanced printer features go away as
> well. Any ideas?
No experience with the 5000, but I have 4 HP printers & plotters of various vintages in the office, and all of them run perfectly with the bundled Win
2K drivers from Microsoft. I've had many problems with HP-provided drivers and abandoned them entirely. They also tended to install unwanted toolboxes and utilities. I recall some comments several years ago that HP and MS had an ongoing dispute over the choice of drivers. MS wins on this point, in my opinion.