ha yeah it does look like a big bread box! ok i got it fully working last night before i passed out from terminal-boredom, due to reading endless forums looking for this here is the elusive MS recommended registry fix for a disappeared-cd-drive
i eventually found, for anyone that needs it
review review review......ok well the 'memories disk' thing is just a dumb organizer. (like i need another? i didn't use my digital-cameras software, why would i use this crapware lol). there is a control app, that just does what a gfx program does (capture, print - yay!) and a third program window that is apparently part of the actual driver. yah, so its crap but the prints are decent and scans are actually perfect (did not expect a good flatbed scanner in a PSC) and the cartridge's are ubiquitous and cheap
based on prior experience with HP printers i think this was a pretty good buy - i mean, it works and doesn't jam with paper, so it's pretty exceptional for an HP huh?
P.S. thanks for the advice but i located that vital little tip in the manual last night..... it says "follow the poster" at one point during the install, i did not realize until my fourth time installing it they meant the 128X32 banner graphic showing a USB connection(i thought they might mean some poster that was not included in the bundle).. uhh, could have just put five words in a dialog box guys 'plug in printer now please' too hard to read for ESL techsupport or what?
also, the freakin 'installation tips' chapter is on page 25, and there is no other chapter on installation. sheesh, ok i get it 'plug and play' but how about a big stamp on the front "plug in printer first/last!" ya know? ok..hehe now i'm ranting
its a good idea to get 8-9 hours of sleep before tackling any HP device i suppose