This personal laser printer, the Xerox Phaser 3150 resembles a thick and heavy plastic tank. It’s substantial, prints crystal clear pages, as one would expect from a laser printer, and operates quietly. We’ve owned one of these now for nearly ten years, and each time we purchase a new computer, we’re faced with setting up this printer on the new hardware and operating systems. This post is going to be a chronology of our experiences installing the drivers, making the correct USB connections to the computers, printing test pages, and so on. We’re posting this primarily for our own use as a permanent record of our experiences with this printer. But we’d be delighted if this document helps others keep their Xerox laser printers up and running for the complete period of the printer’s life cycle.
Installing the Xerox Phaser 3150 on Windows 7
This procedure installs 3150 driver software from either CD ROM, or from an unzipped folder, the zipped version of which you downloaded from the Xerox support web site.
- Attach cables. Connect the power and printer data cables.
- Power on the printer. Turn on the 3150.
- Locate driver and remote control panel software. Find the software and documentation CD, which is packed with the printer. You can also find the latest-published version of this software at the Xerox support website. See below for link.
- Insert CD. If installing from disc, put it in your CD / DVD ROM drive.
- Run SETUP.EXE, and answer YES if prompted for permission to execute this program.
- Pick desired language. Chose the preferred language at the Xerox Welcome screen. Then, the installation choices screen comes up.
- Select software components to install. At this screen, you pick what you’d like to install. Choices include the printer driver, remote control panel, and status monitor. Options are also provided for viewing the user documentation and browsing the CD. Choose “Printer Driver.” This brings up the setup program, specific to this printer’s driver software.
- Quit all other Windows programs. Exit all other Windows programs before proceeding. Then, hit Next. The License Agreement window pops up.
- Accept license agreement terms and conditions. Read through the agreement, and if you wish to accept it, then do so by pressing the Yes button. Copying of program files to your computer then starts. We got an indication that Windows could not find the printer driver. However, this was apparently inaccurate, because subsequently, we were able to successfully run the printer tests and print demo pages.
- Register the 3150 online if desired. When that’s done, press the Finish button in the Setup wizard. You’ll then be prompted to register your 3150. We’ve already registered ours several times over the years. So we press the No button at this window.
- Install Remote Control Panel and Status Monitor. Following roughly the same procedures, install the Remote Control Panel and Status Monitor programs if you want these components. You do not need these however, if all you’re doing is basic printing on the 3150. They’re nice to have however, because they allow you to configure monitor, and test your printer’s proper operation.
- Read the documentation. At this point, you can view the user documentation, which includes a setup guide and users manual. These are in PDF format, so the CD also includes an option to install Adobe reader. We’re not doing this however, since we already have the latest reader installed.
Cautions and Warnings
- Drivers may not work on 64-bit Windows 7 Professional. The Xerox Phaser 3150 is an older laser printer (circa 2004), and the latest drivers we could find for it on the website were issued in 2007. We experienced problems getting Windows 7 64-bit to recognize the 3150 as a printer. Even though the drivers appeared to install correctly, the printer would show up in the “Unspecified Devices” list as “Xerox Phaser 3150” when turned on. But it never appeared as a properly classified laser printer, and did not show up as an available printer in the Print window of our Microsoft Office applications. So though we could print a test page from the Remote Control Panel software, printing documents from Word, Outlook, Excel, et al, was impossible. However, we found drivers on Windows Update for the “Zerox 3140 and 3155” that work reasonably well with the 3130.
- 3140 and 3155 Phaser Drivers May Not Be 100% Compatible. If you do have to use the Phaser 3140 and 3155 drivers, be aware that some types of documents may print incorrectly (graphics not properly displayed, text too big or small, gibberish characters, et al). This is a risk when using nearly-but-not-completely-compatible printer drivers. But it’s probably preferable to throwing out a perfectly functioning 3150 just because you can’t fine an EXACT driver for it.
Installing Drivers from Windows Update
This routine installs just the driver software from Windows update. This ensures that you have the latest drivers that Microsoft provides.
- Attach cables. Connect the power and printer data cables.
- Power on the printer. Turn on the Xerox Phaser.
- Ren the Devices and Printers applet. Do that by opening the Windows Control Panel, and locating the Devices and Printers program. The window opens and displays a list of the devices currently attached to the PC and turned on.
- Click the “Add a Printer” link. The Add a Printer window appears.
- Click the “Add a local printer.” link in the Add a Printer window. The Add Printer window appears.
- Choose a printer port. Since we’re using the USB option with our Phaser, we clicked the “Use existing port” radio button, and then chose “USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB)” in the drop-down list box. Then, we pressed the Next button and got the “Install Printer Driver” window.
- Chose the printer manufacturer. Choose Xerox in the Manufacturer list box.
- Look for the 3150 in the Printers list. It probably won’t be there. But if it is, pick it and skip to the next step. If it is not, look for the “Xerox Phaser 3140 and 3155” driver.
- Refresh the Printers list from Windows Update. Just below the Printers list box is the “Windows Update” button. Pressing this downloads a complete list of Xerox printer drivers that Microsoft has on file, that work with Wndows 7. When you press the button, the message display that “Windows is updating list of printers. This might take a few minutes.” Eventually though, the printer manufacturers and printers lists update on your screen.
- Again choose Xerox as the printer manufacturer. Look for the Xeros manufacturer and click it.
- Click the Xerox 3140 and 3155 printers driver entry. The driver then installs, and you’ll be prompted to share this printer. Answer appropriately.
- Print a test page. The resulting window displays a test page printing option. Pick this to verify correct printing with this non-exact driver for the 3150. In our case, the page printed well.
- Press the Finish button. The 3140 and 3155 driver has now been installed. So end this driver update session by clicking the Finish button.
- Try printing from your favorite programs. Verify that the printer you just added appears in the available printers list in these apps, and then try printing to it. If all is well here, then you’re done.
- Official Xerox Phaser 3150 Product Page Features documentation, drivers, and software for this printer.
- 2015-10-16: Added appropriate tags.
- 2015-01-10: Added difficulty in getting drivers for the 3150 to work on 64-bit Windows 7.
- 2014-10-07: Originally published.