HP software prob

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mkaake, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    Starters: I use the HP 1210xi AIO (all in one) scan/copy/print dealio.

    Problem is this:

    When I switched back to X in April (which was a great thing) I just plugged the printer in and went with it. No problems at all. Built in X drivers handled it like a champ.
    A few days ago though, I wanted to scan something, and had to download the HP software to do it. Didn't mind too much, but now I've got a few problems.
    1) the dumb thing starts up and places itself in my dock (not just as a running program, but it actually puts itself in my dock) everytime i start up. i don't see anything in my startup folder. very annoying.

    2) it's been eating up all of my available CPU! today, things were moving a little sluggish, so I opened the activity monitor to see if it was ram or CPU - and wouldn't you know it, between myself and my wife (who forgot to log out), the HP communications center was eating up every last ounce of CPU. once I force quit her instance of it, mine shot up to over 50% CPU.

    so my question is, does anyone have experience with this? I'm not sure what all I need to delete so that I can maintain the ability to scan (also, w/o it putting it into its stupid pic manager program), but use the standard OS X drivers for printing. this is crazy annoying, and i'd love to be able to continue using it like before, w/o having to just never use it for scanning again.

    *sigh*

    any thoughts?

    emac 1.0 256 megs, 10.3.4

    matt
     
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

    MoparShaha

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    My mom has this printer. The drivers are the most horrible pieces of junk I've ever seen. There is a way to remove the program from the Dock, but I don't remember how I did it. Just go through all the programs it installs (there's a lot!) and poke around. I also notice frequently a program is launched in the Dock. It appears and dissapears immediatly. It drives me nuts. It appears and dissapears so quickly I can't see the icon or find out the name. I know it's from the HP software because when I uninstall it, it goes away.

    On the bright side, it is a good multifunction unit, and it very inexpensive. I would have bought one for myself if it wasn't for that ghost program in the Dock.
     

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