Color printouts come out B&W

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cowslayer, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. cowslayer macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2008
    I have an HP Officejet 6200 hooked onto a Windows XP machine. I access the printer over the home wireless network. I found the printer just fine but OS X couldn't find the appropriate drivers so I chose the closest HP printer they had, which was 6200.

    In any case, my documents come out looking fine with the exception of no color. Everything is just black and white.

    Is there a way to fix this?
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Have you tried downloading the proper drivers for OS X from the manufacturers website?
  3. cowslayer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2008

    I did but it didn't help and the new drivers are not showing up in system preferences for printers either. Still, the package file said it was installed.
  4. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    I'm not sure when that printer was made, but slightly older HP drivers are notorious for not playing well w/ OS X (at least from my experiences)

    The HP may not show up in the initial printer selection window when adding a new printer, rather you may have to click on the "More Printers..." button at the bottom of the Printer Browser window.

    Following that you would then need to click the drop down menu at the top of the more printers box, it has options like Windows Printing, HP IP Printing etc...
    Ignore those and look for your 6200 in that list, it may take a moment to pop up in there though. That was always the proceedure for my Photosmart 7550 (support for which is now broken in Leopard)

    Also it would be helpful to know what OS you are running.

    There is also a great 3rd party driver available that I used to get my Photosmart 7550 working in Leopard that may help you.

    The Driver can be found here:

    You will also need to install FooMatic and Ghostscript FIRST for the driver to work properly. They are located just below the driver on that download page I just linked you to.

    Info on your specific printer working with this driver can be found here:

    Best of luck.

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