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10.3: Install an HP PSC750 printer in Classic Classic
A recent upgrade from an older Powerbook G4 to a Powerbook G4 17" revealed a problem with an HP PSC 750 (Printer/Scanner/Copier). HP's installer does not support Classic from within OS X. I gathered this information from their support technicians for a mere $25.

I wasn't able to set the Mac up as a dual boot so I could install the software from OS 9. I did install a full working copy of Mac OS 9.2.2 as a clean system to replace the Classic that came with the machine. Because I couldn't install the software, I had to copy all of the components from the old Powerbook G4 System Folder into the new G4 System Folder in order to get it to work. I pulled files from Extensions Folder, Preferences Folder, Startup Items Folder, and Printing Preferences folder from within the Preferences Folder. I also copied HP's All-in-one Folder from the Applications:Utilities Folder to the new Mac. Once all these components were in place, everything worked fine. I hope this helps somebody because it was an annoying experience. I can supply exact directories and files upon request but I believe this is will only be helpful for this type of printer.
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10.3: Installl an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: mweissen on Jan 28, '04 06:00:06PM

A mere $25? Having spent hours on the support phone line, I paid 40€ to get the "latest" drivers posted to me on a CD. Stupid me... needless to say, the moss was already growing on those drivers when the CD went to the press.

I've given up on HP offering any OS X support for this pile of glass and coloured plastic. Their drivers seem to be lagging half a year after Apple's OS releases and were slow and buggy as hell last time I checked. The drivers ate all spare CPU cycles even when the printer wasn't connected, which is kind of irritating on an iBook. It took literally hours to print a dozen pages (tried it... twice... yes, I'm stupid) and the scanning software couldn't find the scanner half of the time, and even then it couldn't handle files larger than 4 MB. *sob*

The good thing -- and I'm soon getting to the point here -- the good thing is that Panther supports the PSC 750 print engine natively, using the built-in DeskJet 900 drivers. You lose the scanning capabilities, but the PSC 750 scanner is so lousy that I don't really care anyway.

To h4X0r Panther into doing this, open Print Center and option-click the Add button in the toolbar of the Printer list window. Then select "advanced" from the dropdown menu. Now pick USB Printer from the Device dropdown, set the Device Name to whatever you want, and pick "HP DeskJet 900 Series, CUPS+Gimp-Print v4.2.5" as the printer model. Set the Device URI to usb://Hewlett-Packard/PSC%20750?serial=XXXXXXXXXXXX, where the XXXX string is the 12-digit serial number of the printer, all upper case. It's probably printed somewhere on the printer but I'm too lazy to check now. Or you can probably copy the URI from the HP-driver-encumbered printer instance. You may need to reboot.

Bliss! You now have a working (but still slow) color bubblejet printer.

--Martin



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10.3: Installl an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: mbuisson on Jan 29, '04 09:30:12AM

Sorry to hear that HP has gotten to you as well. It is a sad reflection that companies can advertise compatibilities on the outside of a product and then not be responsible delivering them.

This is not my first run in with HP. I spent 50 hours trying to get at Deskjet 6127 printer to print two digital camera picture images out. I was using OS 9.2.2 and spent about 20 of those hours on the phone. I even called the office of the VP of Digital Printing and Imaging and talked to his secretary. She forwarded my call on to the PC/Windows support people who were more understanding and helpful than the Mac support department. I tried installing the software and trying these files on 5 different Macs without success. HP claimed that they couldn't duplicate the problem. I don't believe that is true. They even sent me a replacement unit but that obviously doesn't change the poorly written software.

The printer would print perfectly from the USB port but it defeated the purpose of buying a printer with a built in network card. The only reason I bought the thing was to have a network printer that could print out digital camera images and replace my old Epson 740 printer. My Bad. No HP ever. When the cartridges are done, I will buy a refill kit just so HP doesn't get my money.



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128 Installl an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: tyson on Feb 21, '05 03:46:19PM

in stall my printer hp psc750 is a emcshines t2042



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128 Installl an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: tyson on Feb 21, '05 03:47:03PM

in stall my printer hp psc750 is a emcshines t2042



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128 Installl an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: tyson on Feb 21, '05 03:50:08PM

in stall my printer hp psc750 is a emcshines t2042



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10.3: Install an HP PSC750 printer in Classic
Authored by: martynj3 on Aug 05, '08 07:29:25PM

Faced with a similar need to install an ancient PSC750 on to 10.4.11, turns out this hint is still valid. Thanks !



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