Printer driver for Lexmark Optra E310 on Windows 10

I just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and discovered that my old laser printer Lexmark Optra 310 did no longer work and was not recognized as a printer by W10. Googling on printer drivers for E310 for W10 did not turn up anything useful (mostly the list of dubious driver download sites), but then I thought that I somehow made the printer work under Windows 7 and tried to find out how I did that some years ago. This was more fruitful and it turned out that the same trick worked in Windows 10. Here is the link to the trick:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/need-to-run-lexmark-optra-e310-with-windows-7-is/8b1d3e5a-e86d-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5

In case the link expires, here are the instructions again:

Installing Optra E310 Printer Driver in Windows 10

  1. “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Devices and Printers”.
  2. “Add a Printer”.
  3. “Add a Local Printer”.
  4. Select “Use existing port” > Select “USB001” from “Pull-Down menu”.
  5. Press “Next” button.
  6. Press “Windows Update” button.   {wait while new drivers are downloaded}
  7. Select Manufacturer “Lexmark”.
  8. Select Printer “Lexmark Optra E312” PS or MS.
  9. Press “Next” button
  10. Rename “Optra E312 to E310”.
  11. Press “Next” button.
  12. Press “Finish” button.
  13. End.

Update on 2015-12-11

I installed a bunch of Windows updates today and after that, the Lexmark E310 printer was no longer available. I tried the above procedure, but was unable to get past the “Devices and printers” window that tried to search for the printer but found nothing. I then searched in Windows for “add local printer” (or rather the equivalent in Swedish) and found another more useful dialog where there was an option “The printer I am looking for is not listed”. After that I could follow the steps above to get back the ability to print using this old laser printer.

Update on 2016-09-23

Today I got the “Windows 10 Anniversary Edition” update. It took a while to install (about on hour on a laptop and maybe 20 minutes on a more powerful machine). Again the printer stopped working and I tried to get it working using the above method (remove printer, add printer, printer is not listed etc), but after this I was not able to print. Instead I got some error message from Windows. I almost gave up, but then uninstalled the printer and turned it off and on. After that a test page that I had previously tried to print came out of the printer! I reinstalled the printer in the same way and after this it seems to be working. Phew.

Update on 2017-07-16

After getting the “Windows 10 Creator’s Update”, the printer disappeared again from the list of printers in Windows. The printer settings are no longer located under “Devices and Printers”, but under “Printers and Scanners” (why keep anything consistent when you can change it?). It was however reasonably straightforward to get the driver to work again using the guidelines above, but adapted to the new dialogs. Here is brief list of how to navigate the settings to get the printer working again:

  1. Turn the printer on
  2. Run Printers and Scanners
  3. Add a printer or scanner
  4. The printer that I want isn’t listed
  5. Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings
  6. Select the port USB001
  7. Use the driver that is currently installed (Lexmark E312)
  8. Change the printer name to Lexmark Optra E310
  9. Select if you want to share it on the network

 

4 thoughts on “Printer driver for Lexmark Optra E310 on Windows 10

  1. Thanks for the info “Printer driver for Lexmark Optra E310 on Windows 10”. I Think I did the same with W7. Good to know that it works with W10 as well.

    Best regards,
    Mikael

  2. Hi thanks for he explanation. I remember i did the same under win 7 but now under win 10 I don’t have the possibility to do step 4 Select “Use existing port” > Select “USB001” from “Pull-Down menu”. There is now USB001 entry in the Pull-Down menu. Also no other USBXXX entry. Only LPT and COM.
    I tried to create a new local port with that name but this is also not working.
    Don’t know why I don’t have the option USB001 available. I tried all three available usb ports but for all it behavs the same.
    Any idea or suggestion?
    Many thanks in advance and best regards,
    Andreas

  3. Thanks a lot for the information.
    I followed your instructions and the update on 2015-12-11 and..
    it works!!!
    Many thanks and best regards
    Pierre

  4. Thanks for posting this – especially with the comments for the various Win10 updates – it worked for me. It’s great to know that I don’t have to keep an old XP or Vista PC around to continue to use my trusty Lexmark.
    One thing I don’t understand is why the E312 wasn’t on the printer list straight off – it only appears after runnining the Update option (so don’t miss out that step in the instructions folks!). After all, it pre-dates Win10 by many years! Maybe it was just a case of MS leaving off a lot of printer drivers from the initial deployment to save space.

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