4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2014 6:49 PM by fiberhome
Robert Golden1 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

I was successful in getting my terrific HP LaserJet 5MP to work with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 by connecting it with a USB to parallel cable. But very frequently it appears not to want to print PDFs.  The printer queue window tellsme the printer is offline.  If I clear that so that it tells me the printers is ready, it goes back to offline when I click on print for the PDF.  Any suggestions?

iMac (24-inch), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • michael_la_la Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same issue. I'm running OS 10.8.2 with my HP 5MP using a USB to Parallel cable. After just about every print I have to reboot the printer, disconnect and reconnect, delete and reinstall the driver. All this to clear it out. I can't figure out where it's choking. I seem to have the latest HP drivers installed. It seems to be the same issue whether printing a PDF from Acrobat or from Preview, printing a web page, a word doc, etc.

  • lee p. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Did either of you ever solve the problems you were having?


    I came here hoping to get encouragement to finally ditch my 5MP, but I see that some people are still happily using them, so now I'm motivated to get mine up and running again. 


    Now I have to obtain a compatible USB-to-Parallel cable, possibly get printer drives manually, and see how things go?

  • MiGi68 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have spent months to get my HP Laserjet 5MP running with my new iMac.

    The Mac kept loosing the connection to my printer, I always had to unplug it and reinstall it...

    I went nuts !

    I never had problems with my old Windows laptop !


    Finally it was fairly easy:

    I am using Mac OX X 10.7.5

    I just bought a new USB-to-parallel-cable.

    The Mac immediately recognized the USB cable.

    After that I was able to install the printer as usual.

    Maybe I need to say that I am using the latest HP driver package, so I could choose the right driver for the installation...


    It is working happily ever since !

    Looking back, it must have to do with the (wrong) USB cable, although I cant tell what exactly was wrong with my old cable.


  • fiberhome Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What, pray tell, was the right USB-Parallel cable? The first one I tried never worked; the second one was erratic and finally became such a nuisance that I bought a cheap Brother printer. But it would nice to have the HP LaserJet 5MP as an emergency backup (having just gone through some odd problems).