will an HP 5550 inkjet work with OSX 10.6.2

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fjs08, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    I discovered an old HP 5550 InkJet that I purchased back in 2003, I believe when I bought my TiBook.

    I now have a 3 year old Mac Book Pro and OSX 10.6.2.
    Can I assume that with a little clean up, that is "should" work??
    I've had to many HP printers that aren't Mac compatible.
    Thanks for any help/thoughts.
  2. eRondeau macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    Yes it will...


    The asterisk * (next to the HP5550 in the long list) means the driver was just recently updated. Plug it in so that OS X "sees" it, then run Software Update and a shiny new printer driver will be yours. :apple:
  3. luiluiely macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    Unfortunately, it will not. The HPdeskjet 5550 is not on the list. The only driver shown for it is a Gutenprint 5.2.3 which has very limited accessibility. You might have been looking at the HPdeskjet D5550 which is a very different printer. Sorry. Back to the drawing board.

    I know because I too am looking for a single function Printer only that will work with the Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have yet to find one. If you find one, please let me know. Thanx.
  4. luiluiely macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    double sided printing with Gutenprint v5.2.3

    OK, Has anyone discovered how to make the Gutenprint v5.2.3 driver print double sided documents? That would at least make my 5550 usable. Otherwise it uses way too much paper.
  5. jghaines, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    jghaines macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2012
    HP Deskjet 5550 no longer supported in OSX

    According to list of HP Printers Not Supported in Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X v10.7 Lion, or OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, the HP Deskjet 5550 is no longer supported by HP.

    Apple provides an HP Driver Bundle for Mountain Lion (and earlier). The bundle supports the HP Color Laserjet 5550 and the HP Deskjet D5500. Neither are compatible with the HP Deskjet 5550.

    I managed to get the Deskjet 5550 printing in Black and White (only) by using the "Generic PCL Laser Printer" driver that comes with v10.8 Mountain Lion. This supports an option for duplex printing, but I don't have that hardware.

    If you are happy to install 3rd party, open source software, the best option is CUPS+Gutenprint driver that can be installed as part of Gimp-Print. This allowed me to color print to my HP Deskjet 5550 from v10.8 Mountain Lion.

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