Setting up a non-plug-and-play printer: HP LaserJet 1100a

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DealMinded, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. DealMinded macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Note: The issue is not in getting drivers for the HP LaserJet 1100a. It was a struggle, but I have drivers that allow me to print to it via sharing on Windows machine. However, I'm phasing out all Windows products.

    I bought a USB to Mini-Centronics cable (that's another story and if we can get this to work, I'll tell you about it). The cable works for Macs. I know that; I've tested it with other products.

    Here's where I'm stuck:

    I go into Printer Setup Utility, click Add, click "More Printers..." holding the option key, which gives me an "Advanced" option in the upper drop-down box. I select that. Then it wants "Device", "Device Name", "Device URI", and "Printer Model". I have the Printer Model--HP LaserJet 1100A Footmatic/hpijs. I think I should select USB for the Device. But then I don't know what to put for the Device URI. It fills in usb:// automatically, but am not sure what else to put. I assume the Device Name is meaningless, and anything will work.

    Any help here would be great. Thanks a lot!
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    A USB-parallel adapter cable should show up as USB in the Default Browser (oh - we need to know if you're using Tiger or something else) window. If it doesn't or doesn't work, try installing the alternate USB driver "usbtb."
  3. DealMinded thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I am using Tiger, and it doesn't show up in the default browser.
  4. pvp803 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2007
    Washington, DC
    i got my HP Laserjet 1100 to work with my MBP via usb to parallel adapter. when asked for drivers, try HP LaserJet 6 series - Gimp-beta 2. should be in list of drivers by default in Tiger.

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