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How do I set up OSX 10.4.9 to print to an HP OfficeJet K550dtn?

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I have a brand new Mac Mini (intel based) and have run all software updates.

I want to print to a networked HP OfficeJet K550dtn.

The printer is configured on the network and I can print directly to it from all PCs on the network.

The Mac is on the same network, and can see it, but does not have the K550 drivers.  (It keeps trying to use "HP Inkjet 3.3" or "HP Officejet 9100 series PS v3010.107")

I have run the software that came on the CD (and can browse to the printer with the installed utilities, check ink levels, set network configuration, etc.), and have even installed the newest Mac drivers from HP specifically for OSX 10.4.

The last time I tried to print to this from the Mac Mini I got about 30 pages of garbage.

I have the HP OfficeJet Pro K550dtwn (the same printer but with a wireless card built in) at home, and my wife's iBook G4 prints to it nicely, and recognizes that it is a K550.  (after installing the drivers from the CD)

Any idea how to install a new driver?  (other than clicking the "setup" button and choosing "install driver"... because it still doesn't appear in the driver list after doing that.)
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see if it installed the correct driver in this location:

hard drive>Library>Printers>PPDs>Contents>Resources>en.lproj

if so, just remapp the driver to that location.
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Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for (the ability to double-check where print drivers are installed)

I got it working by simply trying out the various automatic guesses.  It originally tried the OfficeJet 9100 series drivers, which printed out all of the pages, but apparently the "HP Inkjet 3.3" drivers are for the OfficeJet K550.

While Inkjet 3.3 doesn't say K550 anywhere on it, and the K550 doesn't say 3.3 anywhere in the documentation, selecting Inkjet 3.3 does change my printer icon to the OfficeJet K550.

This was a case of me not trusting the default driver, and getting confused as to which automatically selected driver was causing me problems.

If I had simply trusted it when it switched to Inkjet 3.3 then it would have been fine.

There are still no drivers for "Inkjet 3.3" or "OfficeJet K550" in the folder (at least none clearly named), but I now know where to look to find and manage print drivers, thanks!
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glad to help.
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