I was assured it would work with XP Home when I aquired the printer. As I said it appeared to install when connected (via a conversion cable parallel to usb connected to the parallel port of the printer.
It seems I need to get hold of an XP system disc as mine is OEM and won't be accepted by the wizard in Control Panel.
Mart7 first said the driver was available via hp. I tried again and did manage to download a small app and have yet to try. I am not hopeful.
As pointed out the he printer and for that matter the computer with parralel coon is history-its its all USB now,
But there may be a solution
Google C.U.P.S. (common Unix print system ) this is an open source library of printer driver from all makers and models.
Read it up.
Go to control/printers/new / find your way to CUPS server follow the prompt to enter print on the command line seleck make then model from the list provided.
You may get lucky