Print from MacBook Pro to HP Officejet J4550 All in One

Posted on 2015-01-25
Last Modified: 2015-03-10
I was trying to do this with the printer shared on an XP machine:

Now the printer is plugged directly into the MacBook Pro w/USB.
But the same thing is happening.  
The hp website provides for this printer on a Mac.
The Mac sees the printer just fine and it seems to print.
But the printer doesn't respond - although it surely does when connected to a PC.

The Mac is going to be the only computer so I have to make it work.
HP Officejet J4550 All in One
Question by:Fred Marshall
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by:John Hurst
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Go to this HP Support page:

and download the correct MAC printer driver for your computer. There is more than one. Uninstall the driver you have, unplug the printer from the MAC, install the new driver and it should tell you when to connect the printer.

I hope this helps as I do not have that printer any more.

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by:Peter Loobuyck
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If hp support won't work for any reason, try installing open source Gutenberg drivers. They support most printers out there.

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Marc Alonso earned 350 total points
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Hi fmarshall,

I have a similar printer. The reason the printer isn't responding is because there are no HP drivers installed on the Mac.

1. Remove the printer from System PreferencesPrinters and Scanners
2. Click on the Apple logo in the top left hand corner, and click on About this MAC
3. Note down the version (2nd line). In this example it is 10.10
 screenshot.png4. Go to the HP Officejet J4550 All in One site.
5. Select the version of Mac OS you have from the list
6. Download and install the software and you should be able to print.
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by:Fred Marshall
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I see that this Mac really does have Mavericks which is 10.9.
The driver on the hp website says it's for 10.10.  That's the *only* one that's listed.
Should I be much concerned about that?  I really don't want to venture into upgrading this Mac's OS.

Oh, I found it but the process sounds different:
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by:John Hurst
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I think all I could say at this point is to try it. The driver is for a newer IOS version, but the document seems to think it could work. Follow the steps closely.
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by:Fred Marshall
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Perhaps I had not noticed that the list at goes beyond 10.10.
So that answers that question.
Marc Pizutto says download and install.
The other process says do a Mac update that heals all ills.  I've already done that.

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by:Marc Alonso
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Try the manual install as per my instructions of the 10.10 drivers. Then try the mac updates. When I got my HP printer I downloaded the drivers off the HP site. You're right about the mac updates. I've had two updates go through the mac updates since I've had the printer so it's worth a shot.

Go to the spotlight (top right hand corner) and type in HP and uninstall any software then follow my steps then see if there are any updates in the mac updates section.

Good luck :)
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by:Fred Marshall
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I got it working but the process was a "merge" of the instructions.

First, go to the hp website and go to download the driver.

Then you get shuffled off to the Mac Update site and go from there.

The secret in getting shuffled off the the Mac Update site AND making IT work, is that the printer has to be plugged in to the USB first.  Rather opposite what one might do with a PC.

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by:Marc Alonso
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Good news! Glad you got it working :)
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by:Fred Marshall
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The order of connecting the printer to the computer seems important.....  it's vital actually.

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