You know you need to actually run the downloaded file right?
No, I didn't realize that.
When I execute the file, it asks for a port. Do I need to create a USB port? (there is a virtual USB port there already but I think it's for an Epson scanner I have installed).
If I need to create one, how do I do that?
There is no reason to choose a port, I think you are losing steps to this each time you attempt it.
As Quoted in my post
Select each and every 6500 driver one at a time and select Remove , choose Remove driver and package > OK
Then on the PC go to C:\Xerox and delete all files and folders.
Then download and run this driver and plug it back in (This puts the files needed in C:\Xerox, you need not bother with the setup portion)
When you plug the USB cable back into the device and PC, Windows will attempt the install automatically, it should prompt for which driver, at which point you would choose Have Disk and browse to C:Xerox and it will show only one file so you can't get it wrong.
OK, one more time.
I powered down the printer and unplugged its USB cable.
I've done a system restore (to just after my first install of the printer a couple of weeks ago), and deleted the driver.
I also deleted the contents of C:\Xerox
I clicked on the file P6500_188.8.131.52_English_x64.exe. This installed a new C:\Xerox. The first file in this folder is "APWinstall.bat" dated 8/2/16.
It also brought me to a prompt for "find a printer by other means ......"
What should I do at this point (note that while I was typing this, the prompt about "find a printer..." has disappeared)
to continue, I selected "add a local printer"
I then get a prompt "choose a printer port", either from an existing list, or "add a new port".
the existing list doesn't include a USB port for the Xerox, although there is one ("usb001") for the Epson scanner which I have installed.
the "add new port" selection has:
epsonnet print port
HP universal port monitor
PDF 995 monitor
standard TCP/IP port
which (if any) should I select. I'm guessing "HP universal port monitor" (my PC is an HP). If so, what happens next?
note that every time I try something that doesn't work, I have to do a complete System Recovery plus several resets, to get rid of the existing printer and get back to square one. So far, I haven't tried to go beyond this point.
also, if I ignore this prompt at this poimt, and just restart the PC, it goes ahead and installs the old (single side) driver. The printer then works but prints single side only. Then, to get back to try the install again, I have to do a System Recovery and multiple resets as described above.
I tried "HPuniversal port monitor" but it just told me "not supported" so that's not the right selection !!
I'm reluctant to try anything else for fear of making things worse!
I've confirmed that the contents of C:\Xerox are what you sent me. To reconfirm, I'm including the directory of C:\Xerox at the end of this email.
In spite of this, when I plug in the printer, it gets allocated the single-side driver, specifically Xerox Phaser 6500N PS, and prints single-sided.
It looks to me that something is allocating this driver regardless of the contents of c:Xerox. Either that or I'm overlooking something obvious.
I'm beginning to think that I might have to give up and stick to single side printing.
Below is the current content of C:\Xerox
Volume in drive C is Windows
Volume Serial Number is 647E-9350
Directory of C:\Xerox
02/23/2017 04:14 PM <DIR> .
02/23/2017 04:14 PM <DIR> ..
08/02/2016 03:20 PM 213 APWinstall.bat
04/18/2007 11:27 AM 13,103 Net-SNMP.htm
11/28/2012 10:51 AM 278 readme.txt
02/23/2017 04:14 PM 0 xeroxdir.txt
05/07/2010 10:53 AM 546 xr6500dn.gd_
03/25/2010 11:29 AM 160 xr6500dn.in_
11/29/2011 06:21 PM 10,796 xr6500dn.pp_
11/11/2011 11:32 AM 22,404 xrpscmpd.dl_
10/21/2015 02:06 PM 2 xrpscmpe.cfg
08/19/2010 05:08 PM 129,552 xrpscmpe.ch_
10/21/2015 02:05 PM 221,011 xrpscmpe.fp_
09/08/2015 06:34 PM 79,833 xrpscmpl.dl_
11/11/2011 05:56 PM 73,810 xrpscmpn.dl_
08/20/2012 06:55 PM 109,061 xrpscmpo.dl_
10/21/2015 02:06 PM 65,807 xrpscmpr.dl_
10/11/2012 06:16 PM 382,768 xrpscmps.dl_
06/25/2008 11:48 AM 438 xrpscmps.xm_
10/21/2015 02:06 PM 200,490 xrpscmpu.dl_
06/25/2008 11:48 AM 527 xrpscmpw.xm_
11/28/2011 10:56 AM 319,627 xrpscmpx.dl_
10/22/2015 11:43 AM 17,945 xrpsmpei.cat
10/22/2015 10:44 AM 4,370 xrpsmpei.inf
05/07/2010 10:52 AM 504 xrx6500n.gd_
03/25/2010 11:29 AM 160 xrx6500n.in_
11/29/2011 06:21 PM 10,799 xrx6500n.pp_
25 File(s) 1,664,204 bytes
2 Dir(s) 80,962,170,880 bytes free
Right-click the start menu and go to Control Panel
Go to Devices and printers
right click the 6500 and go to Printer properties > Advanced (2) > New Driver (3)
Go to Next > Have Disk > Browse > Computer > C: > Xerox
Choose xrpsmpei.inf and click all the next, continue etc etc that appear.
When completed, go back into Printer properties and select the Device Settings tab and make sure Duplex Unit = Available
I did all that, and it still prints single side only. It shows double sided as "not available".
The printer driver is listed as "Xerox Phaser 6500 DN PS, x64, Type 3 - User Mode".
Is there any other configuration option I might have inadvertently activated? When I first installed the printer (for the first couple of days) it printed two-sided.