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Changing the print driver on a Mac

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Hi

I'm pretty good around Windows and Small Business Server and have just bought myself a mac due to increase in questions reagrding connectivity between Mac 7 Windows by my clients.

I'm an absolute Mac dummy, know nothing about them at all.

I've followed some instructions I found on hooking up a Mac to my SBS2003 domain and that is all working nicely.  I now need to add a printer to the Mac.

So, I go into printers, click the + and it shows me the HP Color Laserjet 2600n on my server.  I select it and it only gives me the option to install it using the HP Color Laserjet 2605 driver (2600n is not on the preinstalled drivers list).  I have accepted this and installed it.  I can print and it does appear in the print queue on my SBS server so I know the communications is fine.  But it sits in the queue and will not go and I suspect this maybe down to the wrong driver listed.

I have tried installing the correct driver from HP's website.  I install the package and it completes but nothing happens.  the driver does not appear on the drivers list, as it would within Windows.

I guess really I need a dummys guide to how to get this working!

Thanks for any help.
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Have you deleted the old driver by clicking on the "-" button in the Print and Fax prefs ?
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All that does is delete the printer. I can re-add it again, but I still can't choose 2600n

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Are the top two items here:  http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=446154&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=446153&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=219

the ones you downloaded and installed? Did you follow the installation instructions?
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By the way, I found this comment, "Apr 20, 2006, 08:40 PM
I have an Intel Mini. It would not recognize the 2600n drivers until I updated the firmware that is on the HP site. After doing so (you'll need to temporarily connect via USB) it found the driver right away and I was able to switch to using the printer over the network.", here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-185695.html

It may be that you first have to download the firmware update for your printer from the link above and install it while connected via USB.
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Hi strung

I installed the second one only.  I didn't want to flash the firmware incase it prevented it working on my windows server (i.e. i dont want to make it mac only).  Also, the printer is connected to the server via USB. Thats so that it appears in the active directory and is easily visible to all other windows based pcs on the domain.  I'm not sure hooking it up to the network switch will enable us to do this, but i may be wrong.
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If you hook it up to the network switch, all computers should be able to print to it directly. It is a network printer and that is what it is intended for. I would be astounded if flashing the firmware would make it Mac only, but it sounds like that is what you need to do.
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We then have no control over the print queue.  At the moment we can control printing to this printer through the active directory permissions.

I accept that this is the likely resolution, and had already found the forum you quoted from.  it is dated 2006/2007 so i was kind of hoping things might have improved with mac printing on intel h/w.

Essentially, i just want to change the driver and select the correct one from the list, instead of being forced to take one with a "similar" number.

I shall flash the printer and see if it will work from the mac in the current configuration using the 2605 driver.  I really would prefer not to hang it off an ethernet port but if thats what we have to do ...

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I tried to run the firmware update and it tells me it only works on versions of os x upto 10.4.x

Great.  Forward thinking there HP
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Suggest you try HP tech support.  Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Thanks for your help. Jase
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For future reference, I don't know how important the firmware update is, but let's assume it's crucial.
You cannot flash the firmware from a Mac running Leopard, as HP have put a version stamp in there and it only runs upto 10.4.x

However, the same firmware is available as a .exe if you look for XP drivers from the HP website.  Run that from a Windows based pc (mine was Vista), after having installed the 2600n first as a USB printer on that windows pc, and it updates the firmware just fine.

Following the rest of the instrructions on the accepted answer, it all works fine.
As a further note, I added this printer to the SBS2003 server and selected to share it and list it in the active directory.  So the fears I had about not being able to control user access to the printer is, at least partially, unfounded.  The pc's in our organisation pciked up the new share (gave it the same name) without further changes and everything still works ok.  I say partially, because of course anybody could manually install the printer from the ip address by creating a standard tcp/ip port under windows with the printers ip, which is readily available by printing a config report.  But thats not likley to happen :)

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Glad you got it to work. I should have thought of getting the Win version of the firmware update. Doh!
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