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None of our HP printers work woth 10.6

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Ed Mcknew Calculating status...
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Aug 28, 2009 7:09 PM
We're very disappointed with the way 10.6 has worked out in our office. We have an HP Laserjet connected to our Airport Extreme router, and none of our three office computers can find it on the network. We also have an HP Deskjet 4180 printer/scanner connected to our main computer (a USB connection) and that won't work either because the HP printer software keeps crashing. Now we're faced with having no printers tomorrow -- very bad news indeed. How could Apple release this update without getting it right? Is it possible to somehow uninstall 10.6?
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 7:22 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    Start with http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2131363.

    As for uninstalling, reinstall the bootable backup/clone or Time Machine backup you made for each machine before installing the upgrade. What? Don't have any? Then, get a bootable, external HD (preferably FireWire, since it's 40-50% faster than USB 2 and designed for data transfers) for each machine, make a bootable backup/clone before updating/upgrading, and ensure that it's bootable and works like the original. That allows you to revert to the previous good state without having to reinstall anything. See these for details:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106941
    http://www.macmaps.com/upgradefaq.html
    http://www.macmaps.com/backup.html
    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/installswupdates.html
    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/backuprecovery.html

    If you only have a Time Machine backup, insure that you can reliably restore it to another disk/volume/partition before updating/upgrading.
    24" iMac 2.8 Core 2 Ext 4 GB RAM/G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6), (G4 w/10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,210 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 7:22 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    Hello ED:

    Is it possible to somehow uninstall 10.6?



    Yes, by restoring the system from a backup.

    However, if you want to try to fix the problem, delete the printer and then add it back.

    Barry
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • JupiterGPL Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2009 7:46 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    I also have an HP 4180 that will not print either.... I try to re-install it and it says that the software is not found.


    The strange thing is that I am able to use the scanner via the preview program. So the scanner part works, but the printer driver does not.
    24' iMac (2009)
  • pao1250 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 8:10 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    I am having the same problem with my Officejet 7319 network printer. I uninstalled and reinstalled the software and still no dice. Suggestions anyone?
    MacBook Alu 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 250 Gb HDD, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 09 Mac mini 2GB RAM 250GB HDD, iPod classic, Linux+Windows PCs
  • maggiecda Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:21 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    No Go on the Officejet 4315 either . Seems to be an HP thing. My Mac recognizes the printer, just says no driver. Hoping it will be cleared up in the next few hours. So much for jumping in head first. Next time I will wait to see how it works out for a others before I disable my whole system with the next new thing.
    IMac 2.8 Ghz Intel, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3GS , iPod shuffle 2g, Airport Extreme
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,210 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:27 PM (in response to maggiecda)
    Hello maggie:

    Did you try my suggestion above? My Hp printer decided (after the OS X 10.6 update) to only print the last page of multi-page documents. Deleting it, restarting, and then adding the printer back fixed my issue.

    Barry

    P.S. Waiting a bit is not a bad idea. A few of us enjoy dodging arrows (or pulling them out of our backs), but looking at these forums for a couple of days before making a major update is not a bad idea

    Message was edited by: Barry Hemphill
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Ham Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:27 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    Ed: The HP 4050n can be setup using an IP address. Force the printer to print a config page. Then see the outline here:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3771

    Basically: System Pref: Print & Fax: Add Printer: IP
    Then enter your IP address and select JetDirect. Then Pick the 4050 PPD file.
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • HP Mac Architect Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:33 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    The HP Deskjet F4100 series drivers (which work with the Deskjet F4180) are not included on the Snow Leopard DVD. Expect them to be available at some point in the future through and Apple Software Update. In the mean time if you have already upgraded all of your machines to 10.6 you may want to try installing the 10.5 software form HP.com. Its officially unsupported, some features will be missing or broken, but it might (and remember only might) work.

    Just trying to help.

    Andrew
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • HP Mac Architect Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:40 PM (in response to Ed Mcknew)
    Drivers for the HP Laserjet 4050N are included on the Snow Leopard DVD. If the Mac is not recognizing the printer, first try resetting the print system and adding the queue back. If that still doesn't work try re-installing the HP driver package which can be downloaded here.

    Just trying to help.

    Andrew
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • JupiterGPL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:42 PM (in response to HP Mac Architect)
    If the HP Deskjet F4100 series is not included on the Snow Leopard DVD, then why is it listed as supported on the HP website?

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01846935&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en &jumpid=regR1002USEN



    Here is the exact text from the HP site:

    HP Photosmart, Officejet, and Deskjet All-in-One models supported in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Print, Scan, Fax, and HP Utility Functionality)

    * HP Deskjet F300 series
    * HP Deskjet F735
    * HP Deskjet F2100 series
    * HP Deskjet F2200 series
    * HP Deskjet F2400 series
    * HP Deskjet F2500 series
    * *HP Deskjet F4100 series*
    * HP Deskjet F4200 series
    * HP Deskjet F4400 series
    * HP Deskjet F4500 series
    24' iMac (2009)
  • HP Mac Architect Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:44 PM (in response to pao1250)
    The Officejet 7300 series drivers are included with the Snow Leopard DVD. Try deleting and re-adding the print queue for the device. If everything is working right both a print and scan tab should show up for the device. If that is not the cast try re-installing the software. You can download the same software that came on the DVD here.

    Just trying to help.

    Andrew
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
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