Old School Mac [3] : will my printer work with OSX ?

— THIS IS A REPOST FROM LONG WAY BACK ; JUST FOR ENTERTAINMENT — ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MACOSX.NL (a.k.a. ONE MORE THING) IN 2004

Question : Will I be able to use my WindowsPC’s printer on my new Mac ? Mine is a HP DeskJet 916.

Answer : Yes – the general rule is : any printer that you can connect to your OSX-Mac, will be useable (a least partially) from within OSX

About the meaning of “any printer that you can connect to your OSX-Mac” in the sentence above :

To connect a printer to a OSX-Mac, you need to connect it using a USB- or UTP/Ethernet-cable ; printers that can only be connected using a Parallel PC-printerport will therefore not do…

In this case it’s about a HP DeskJet 916 (HP calls it the “DJ916”) ; that one is included in the so-called DJ9xx-range… those ones are compatible with an OSX-Mac, but when using older versions of OSX you will probably need to use a ‘detour’ using the UNIX-base of OSX combined with the Linux-drivers by HP ; follow these links for more info :

http://www.allosx.com/1034107267/index_html http://hpinkjet.sourceforge.net/productssupported.php http://www.linuxprinting.org/tylerb/hpijs/

That last link is to the actual HPIJS for MacOSX, but be aware ! : do read the instructions and keep a copy of them for future reference before you do any install !

Note : using MacOSX 10.3 Panther your printer will be compatible if it is listed here :

http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/printers.html

the original post(s) can be found here :

http://www.onemorething.nl/community/topic/hp-printer-op-mac

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