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Have my computer and printer broken up forever?

We have a PC (purchased within the last year) and an HP OfficeJet J6480 printer (a few years old). Last week we switched our wireless connection from an AT&T DSL to AT&T UVerse. We networked both the computer and the printer. (I networked the printer BOTH from the computer and on its own through the glass panel--there is no way the thing is NOT networked at this point.) I reinstalled the printer software with the latest download from the HP tech support site. We tried connecting the printer to the computer directly with a cable. We have turned the computer, printer, and router on and off until we're blue in the face. The printer has two full cartridges of ink. It says it's the default printer and that it's online. It even SAYS it's printing something when I send a document to it--and then two minutes later it says sorry, can't print. WHY are the computer and printer not communicating? Is their relationship doomed forever? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Mar 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Laser Jet 1000, we miss you so

Anyone have a good/safe source for a driver for the HP Laser Jet 1000 - difficulty Windows 8.1? The printer is a workhorse but my dad just "upgraded" to a new computer with 8.1 and I'd like to find him a way to use this printer. It's an ancient printer and HP long ago stopped supporting it (of course, because HP).
posted by mrs. taters on Feb 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommend a printer/cartridge system?

We're trying to optimize our home printing. We don't print an enormous amount, but we want to print in color and to be able to print in moderately high quality. You've already solved this problem and put some thought into minimizing cartridge expense: what printer do you use? how often do you replace the ink? do you refill the cartridges at a store or buy new ones from the OEM? (Bonus points if you've solved this problem for the HP 8600.) [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Inkjet duplex printing - How does it work?

I just got a cheap-o HP printer that features two sided printing. It seems to print on one side, suck the paper back in, and print on the other side. Does anyone know how this works? Does it flip the paper over? My guess is that it loops it back in (back facing down), probably raises the heads, and "prints upside down" the other side. But I'd love to see a diagram or video. Can't find one, though.
posted by thirdgrader on Feb 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Airprint works...and is lame.

Is there a better printing app for the iPad than HP eprint or Apple Airprint? One that allows you to print directly to a printer over wifi (i.e., without having another computer running and connected to the network), offers legal size printing and photo print sizes other than 4x6? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize on Jan 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find a good, inexpensive place to buy HP toner cartridges

Best place to buy replacement toner cartridges for home HP Laser printer? Buying the HP toner costs arm and/or leg at your typical big box stores. Would like to find a cheaper, reputable place to buy toner. Can't find one among all the sketchy places that look like cheaptoner.biz and buy-toner-from-us.com. Please help
posted by unceman on Oct 7, 2012 - 7 answers

How to group these HP LaserJet printers?

Logical groupings for list of HP LaserJet printers? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

There is probably an easy solution to this, but damned if I can find it.

I have a Macbook with OS X 10.5.8 and Firefox 13.0.1. The printing scale under File -> Page Setup in Firefox has randomly started defaulting to 60%. So every time I restart Firefox, I have to go in there and change it back to 100% before I print anything. I can't figure out how to change it back. Is this a Firefox thing, or a printer thing? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

I can't print black and white.

Odd printing issue for a HP Officejet 4500 Wireless; using old or new cartridges, black won't print and colour is distorted. Pictures of diagnostic pages inside along with what I've done so far. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

HP Deskjet 845C Shoots Blanks - Yikes

Printer keeps shooting out paper - not printing [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jan 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Can't clear ink cartridge jam

How can I clear a recalcitrant cartridge jam on an HP C4580 printer? I've gone through the steps on the printer and the further support on the HP website to no avail. I still have the error message flashing on the printer, and it will not print anything, not even the self-test report. I need a working printer, and this is driving me crazy! Any suggestions? Help?
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Driven crazy by lack of a printer driver.

I bought a new computer (stalkers may check out my previous 'asks') running 64 bit windows 7, and I'd like it to connect to my HP 6840 wireless printer; that is, I need an appropriate driver. HP's website says that windows 7, has the driver built in and all I have to do is connect the printer via usb cable and stand back. Well, I tried that and several other things but my Windows 7 home, even after running update, has no driver for my printer (which it correctly identifies). HP tech support is of no help, merely repeating the same advice as the web sites I've already seen. I know such a driver exists because other people have solved this problem. How can I get it?
posted by Obscure Reference on Nov 17, 2010 - 7 answers

I don't need Magenta to print black text!

My HP deskjet 8000's printer drivers won't allow me to print at all when 1 color of ink is out. Yes, even if I only want to print in black and white. Aside from going back and time and telling me not to buy this POS, can you help me? Are there hacked drivers? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Oct 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10.

Trouble setting up printing from OS X (10.5.7) to an HP PSC 2410 shared from PC running Ubuntu 9.10. Mainly seems to be a problem finding a proper CUPS-aware driver on the OS X side. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by weston on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

I can not believe I am posting in the shopping category - photo paper question...

Do I care, in the slightest, that the photo paper I ordered is not what I received and seems to be older and thinner? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 29, 2009 - 6 answers

My printer won't turn on after leaving it unplugged for 2 weeks. Why, and how can I fix it?

My printer, an HP PSC 1410 All-in-One, will not turn on after leaving it unplugged for two weeks (I was out of town and always unplug everything to save on electrical costs). It's connected through a power module, and I have tried unplugging the power cord from the power module and the power module from the printer, and reconnecting them all again. I have tried different outlets, and it will simply not turn on. I have also tried disconnecting the USB cable that runs from the printer to the computer, just in case it was interfering in some way. Does anyone know how this could have happened, and what I can do to fix it?
posted by Beep on May 25, 2009 - 5 answers

When I say draft I mean draft!

How can I get my HP printer to work correctly with my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Bring a Little Color to My Life

My HP Color LaserJet 5550dn has decided that when printing on 11x17 paper it will only print in black & white. How do I make it see that I really do want a colorful 11x17 print out? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Mar 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Tired of being dictated to by printers

Inkjet Printer filter: My wife and I both have HP All in One Inkjet devices, me the 3310, her the 7280. Ink is a PITA. I'm looking to upgrade anyway, what should I get? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Mar 4, 2009 - 9 answers

In the name of all that is holy, please let there be print-outs!

I installed a new hard drive in my G5, reinstalled all my software, and now I can't print to my HP color laserjet 3550. I've called HP, I've done everything I know how to do. HELLLLPPPPP!!!!! I'm using OS X 10.4.11. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Network my HP LaserJet?

How can I print to my HP LaserJet 2100 (networked with a JetDirect 610N card) from any computer in my Mac network? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Sep 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Printing tickets at home.

Can I make tickets with my HP L7680 printer? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Aug 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Can an Apple-geared print server be set up and used in a Windows-only world?

Can I configure and use an HP wp100 AirPort print server in an all PC environment? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by potch on Nov 13, 2007 - 5 answers

How to password protect and page count a printer

Network a printer and password protect and page count the prints. [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on Aug 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Can I find a printer with many paper trays?

Printing documents using about 25 different pre-printed forms, mixing a4 and letter formats. Where can I find a printing system with about that many paper trays? [more inside]
posted by stereo on Apr 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Finicky feeder

Any tips on a home repair to restore my HP inkjet to its former paper feeding glory? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Feb 12, 2007 - 2 answers

How can I get decent color brochure printing for under $1000?

Inkjet isn't cutting it for my home office. I give out about 200 product info sheets a month, and inkjet just gives, well, that technicolor "inkjet look", though granted I am printing on laser printer paper rather than inkjet papers. How good are these new $400 color laser printers? Should I give them a serious look, or is my money better spent on inkjet paper? [more inside]
posted by calhound on Jan 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Incompatibility issues, me and my printer

I bought a used printer. The software is for OS 9 and I've got OS X and it won't let me install. Searching the HP website hasn't really helped me. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Oct 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Everything is Black and White... there are no shades of gray

Printing in black and white on an HP PSC 1610 from a mac. I can't believe that this is so hard to do, but I must be missing something. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Sep 28, 2006 - 6 answers

upgrading laserjet ram?

Does anyone know how to put more memory in an HP Laserjet 4700? There is an access panel on the rear right-hand side, and four screws holding in two slot covers labeled EIO, I believe. I downloaded the service manuals but nothing in there I could use. I can pay someone to do a service call but it seems like it should be something I could do myself.
posted by mecran01 on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

PrinterFilter: Help me find out if I can make this a wireless printer!

HPPrinterFilter - looking at a LaserJet and how to make it wireless. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Jun 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Troubleshooting a HP LaserJet4's greyness.

The pages on this HP LaserJet 4 are coming out partially grey. Replace the Fuser, or something else? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on May 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Networked Printers - Problem with JetDirect

NetworkedPrinterFilter. Today while changing some old HP networked printers from static to dynamic IP addresses, I made the mistake up upgrading the firmware. Now they don't work. Anyone know how to roll back the firmware on a JetDirect card? more inside. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Oct 11, 2004 - 4 answers

Can I use my HP ScanJet 5200C printer with my Mac?

I have an HP ScanJet 5200C, which had previosuly been used on a Windows system. I would like to use it with a Mac (OSX 1.3), but HP doesn't seem to offer driver software for it. Can it be done?
posted by skwm on Apr 5, 2004 - 3 answers

HP Printer WinXP Weirdness

I have an old HP Printer (LaserJet4P) which works perfectly even though it's a decade old. But ever since upgrading to WinXP, it spits out a sheet of paper every time I boot up the computer. The sheet is blank except for a tiny nonsense character in the upper-left corner. I have the latest driver, but it doesn't help. The only way I can get it to stop wasting paper is to remember to keep the printer turned off when I boot up. But I usually forget. Any ideas?
posted by grumblebee on Jan 2, 2004 - 5 answers

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