iMac and HPlaserjet

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  1. carlabauer macrumors newbie

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    I can't get my new iMac to recognize my wonderful workhorse HP LaserJet 4MV. Is it possible to get it to work. HP says no. I can't believe that.
     
  2. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    That is one really old printer. Circa 1994. As far as I can tell, it doesn't support ethernet and may or may not have PostScript.

    If you could somehow network the thing, and it had PostScript, then there may be some way. But not sure there's any officially supported way. There's no way HP makes a compatible driver for modern MacOS X, and Apple no longer supports AppleTalk.
     
  3. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    MV version of Laserjet 4 Printer supports parallel and ethernet card. There are usb to parallel cables that might work but ethernet is the easiest. Printer supports generic postscript 2. You will need to make sure the JetDirect card in the printer is picking up a DHCP IP address or set the address manually. You should be able to print a status sheet that shows the printer config to determine the IP address for setting up the printer on your Mac.

    Cheers,
     
  4. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very confused and frstrated

    Thanks so much. I have the printer on the ethernet that my other macs share that don't have intel processors. I know the IP address of the laser printer and I can find the software but it just won't print when I add it manually. Thanks again. I have wasted so much time on this. :confused:
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    What version of OS X are you running? Can you post screenshots or describe the steps you are trying when adding the IP printer?

    Are you selecting IPP or HP JetDirect when adding the printer? Are you trying to select the specific HP driver or Generic postscript or Generic PCL?

    The more details you provide the more likely someone can help you resolve this issue.

    Cheers,
     
  6. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are so kind.

    This is the first time that I have ever posted on a thread. I always hired people before and this time I decided to try and do it myself. I can't believe how helpful people like you are. I am running 10.6.6. I have tried all three and I am adding the specific software HP LaserJet 4V/4MV. It says connecting to printer and does nothing. The message says unable to connect to printer. :mad::mad::mad:

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  7. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I read that thread and don't know where to find the gateway number.. My printer's panel is burned out so I am not sure if I find it there.:confused:
     
  8. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is my info window. Where is Gateway address?
     

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  9. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    You should be able to find the IP on the Configuration Page, here's how to print it:

    HP Color & Monochrome LaserJet Printers – How to Print Self-Test and Configuration Pages

    1. Press the printer's ON LINE button to take the printer offline.
    2. Press the Control Panel MENU button until TEST MENU appears on the display.
    3. Press ITEM until SELF TEST appears on the display.
    4. Press ENTER.
      The Self-Test will print.
    5. Press ON LINE to return the printer to the online state.
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I believe that your Router's IP address is 192.168.1.1 whereas the IP address of your iMac is 192.168.1.6 the printer will also have an IP address different from the Router's and the iMac's and I believe will show on the configuration page printed from the printer.
     
  11. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    panel is burned out on printer.

    Is there any other way to find the info. I thought I knew it based on the other printers and macs in my office (process of elimination) but maybe I am way off.
     
  12. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Can you access the configuration for your router? Somewhere among that info would be the IP addresses of all the devices on the network. Or if the other computers on your network can access the printer can you find the printer's IP address from one of them?
     
  13. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you for all your help.

    where would I access the router info? Dah.
     
  14. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    That varies with different brands of routers. Do you know what brand and model of router you have?
     
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  16. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Open up a browser. Type (or copy/paste) 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and hit enter. You will need the user name and password to access the configuration setup, if you don't have or know the user name/password you might not be able to get any further.
     
  17. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    did that

    I know that .19.168.1.2 is my color printer so the .3 must be my laser printer. No? It won't respond with this address.
     

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  18. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I meant to type 192.168.1.2 is my color printer.
     
  19. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Is this how you tried to add it:

    1. Click on the Print/Fax icon in the System Preferences page from your Mac.
    2. Select the + sign below the Printers window on the left side.
    3. In the Protocol line select HP Jetdirect – Socket.
    4. In the address line, type in the IP address from your printer’s test page printout.
    5. In the Print Using line select Select Printer Software.
    6. Scroll down and select your printer by name.
    7. Hit the Add button.
     
  20. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm hopeless!!!

    I did the following that is attached. It won't give me a printer to choose from, I have to manually type it in. Then it just scrolls forever. Ugh!!! Thank you for all your patience. :mad:
     

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  21. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    This may be an obvious question but I need to ask it, is the printer turned on and online? Also, if you type the printer's IP address into your web browser, will it connect to it?
     
  22. carlabauer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes the printer has been on for days while I am going crazy. My two appletalk computers can print fine to it. I don't understand exactly what you mean by type it into browser and it will connect to printer. Sorry for my ignorance. :(
     
  23. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I'm not real knowledgeable on networking, so, I'm kinda winging it here, but I do usually have good results with helping with computer problems. Anyway, from what I understand if you type the printer's IP address into the browser's URL bar (like what you did with the Router) it should connect and bring up some kind of a configuration page.

    One more obvious question, you mentioned AppleTalk, you're not trying to connect over AppleTalk are you? AppleTalk is no longer supported under OS X.
     
  24. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    One more thing...

    I've found discussion posts that indicate "Line Printer Daemon - LPD " should be used instead of "HP JetDirect - Socket" under Protocol in the Add Printer setup, have you previously tried that?
     

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