2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 14, 2011 11:29 AM by gregfromcolumbiaMD
joefix93 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently bought an HP Officejet Pro 8500A (A910) and discovered the application suite/drivers are only for 10.5.x and above. That works fine with my newer Mac Mini, but my older iMac G5 (OS X 10.4.11, PPC) can't print to it. I have the 8500A connected via ethernet cable to my router. Is there a way to "map" the printer? Seems as though I could use the IP address of the printer and get at least SOME functionality (if only printing...I don't necessarily need the scan/fax functions).

I'm even to the point where I would consider upgrading to 10.5.x, but the only OS product out is 10.6.x, and it is only compatible with Intel-based Macs.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), PPC processor
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,296 points)
    Hi Joe, and a warm welcome to the forums & Macs!

    Apple doesn't advertise it, but if you call them you're likely to be able to buy a copy of Leopard/10.5, but I heard it was in short supply...


    Leopard requirements/10.5.x...

    * Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

    minimum system requirements

    * 512MB of memory (I say 2GB at least)
    * DVD drive for installation
    * 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

    You have to call Apple & likely ask for a Product Specialist to get it, if they still have it! Helps to tell them you have an iPad/iPhone & you can't run 10.6.

    Not sure it'll work, but you might also try turning on Printer Sharing on the Mini, then use a Generic Postscript driver on the iMac G5.
  • gregfromcolumbiaMD Level 1 (0 points)

    I recently bought the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus (A910g) and I have an older iMac G4 with OS X 10.4.11.

    I took a chance and installed the HP drivers for the previous 8500 model (A909) because there is a 10.4 & 10.5 version. The automatic install of the A910 fails because the older driver does not recognize the new printer (A910); however, a manual install afterwards and selecting the A909 driver enabled me to print to my new A910 from my old iMac G4 800MHz. Scanning did not work, but I still have a few things to try out. Besides, the nice scan-2-email and scan-2-network-drive features almost makes that a non-issue.