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    Unhappy Can't install my HP printer on my iMac
    Hi there,

    Got my iMac recently and a free printer with it, the HP Officejet C4500. I am trying to install it through a USB cable and when I get to the end of the installation and it asks me to Set up the printer I get a blank window where I should be seeing the printer icon to select it. Then a warning window pops up and says that if my printer doesn't appear on the list I might have the wrong driver (this is the cd that comes with the printer!). Just in case, I went to hp support web and downloaded the most recent version of the driver for the printer and when trying to install it I got to the same point!!!

    Even in desperation, I tried to install my old Hp printer following the same procedures (the drivers are very similar and also I got the most updated version of this online...) and same thing again!!!

    Help!!! I have been trying this for days now..

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    Have you tried a different USB cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Have you tried a different USB cable?
    I haven't no, but 3 days ago I was using it with my old Desk PC so it should be alright...

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    It's worth a try if only to prove that's not the problem

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    Also, and this might sound basic.... you need to turn the printer on in order for it to be seen.

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    And go into Systems Preferences > Print and Fax and see if the printer is shown. If nopt hit the + button and see if it comes up available.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    re: HP installation
    I recently began to "install" my older HP which I'd connected to my iMac and turned on. I searched the HP site for the drivers but couldn't find them. Then, for some reason, I hit command P and there it was, already intuitively connected and ready to go!

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