Scanner is not being recognized

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cjscribe, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. cjscribe macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2008
    I have a late 2008 aluminum macbook. I was able to get an old HP Scanjet 5470C scanner from my friend. It's about 6 years old. But when I plug the USB cable into my Macbook, it does not recognize it. The scanner does not display under Devices in my Finder.
    Do I need a driver from HP? I thought all Macbooks didn't need any drivers for printers/scanners?
    Please help.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Who told you that? There is no way for a Mac or any other computer to print without drivers. You may not need to install a print driver on your Mac because Apple supplies drivers for a plethora of printers from various manufacturers with each installation of MacOS X. MacOS X 10.6 automatically downloads the driver that you need when you install your printer--if one is available. As for scanners, MacOS X does not have scanner drivers installed except possibly for certain model all-in-ones.

    The takeaway message is that you need to download and install drivers for your scanner.

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