07-25-2008 11:29 AM
07-26-2008 06:00 AM
As for the HP driver, it is available from the HP website. I just checked and it was there.
07-26-2008 06:10 AM
07-26-2008 08:17 AM
I have downloaded the HP Driver. It didn't make a difference.
I don't know anyone with this type of cable (at the moment). I am out of the loop right now. I will probably order another one just in case.
I read on one forum about a ethernet-to-LocalTalk adapter. Are either one of you familiar with this? Would it work? The forum mentions buying it from Asante or Proxim (formerly Farallon). I personally don' know anything about this. This is unfamiliar territory for me. I have been a PC user for 25 years. Now I am trying to figure out my way around the Mac. I am glad I switched.
07-26-2008 10:49 AM
07-26-2008 10:57 AM
07-26-2008 12:58 PM
I'll looks right when typed but when it posts it it's wrong.
I'll try again. LenÃ©e
07-26-2008 02:51 PM
Next, do a direct connect from the printer to your Mac, then boot your printer, go to your HD Applications>Utilities>Printer Setup Utility>the panel should display your HP LJ 4. Hopefully you should be able to add the printer if the panel is blank. If you can't come back. Jim.
07-26-2008 07:17 PM
If you haven't done so, go to Systems Preferences>Print Fax with printer on. If the LJ 4 is not displayed, hit the plus (+). Hit the question mark (?) for further info and instructions. Jim.
07-27-2008 08:50 AM
I've been Mac from day one for 35 years. My Macs have various ports like USB, Serial and Ethernet. All are networked with my three HP LJs that have have Ethernet ports but no USB.
There's got to be a work-around for your LJ 4 with USB port. If it had an Ethernet port, no problem.
Unfortunately I only speak Mac and Ethernet but know nothing re USB ports except connecting USB periphials to my Macs. So it's beyond my pay grade to solve your problem. Good Luck! JIm.
07-28-2008 04:55 AM
Would be nice if a forum guru like David Zuts et al would advise to forget the LJ 4 to make it compatible for Leopard or provide a solution. My limited experience says there is no solution.
One thing I forgot to mention. If you try a custom install with the Leopard CD which came with the imac and select HP drivers, do an uninstall first for any HP drivers on the imac. Immaterial as with no current HP/Leopard driver for the LJ4 I don't think there is a solution for your problem.
Bid a fond farewell to the LJ 4 for use with your imac and upgrade to a compatible with OS 10.5.x (Leopard) HP LJ printer. Wide selection of compatible HP LJs are available at a very reasonable affordable price. Jim.
07-28-2008 09:40 AM
The one thing that the Apple support did help me with was to get the HPLJ4 to the printers list. Then we added the CUPS driver. This was also confirmed from some other forums I found.
I am going to send LaserJetMac.Support some more info. and see if that helps. I'm not ready to give up on the HPLJ4 as of yet. I have been told by others that they have done it. I have another printer to use in the mean time.
I appreciate all the time and effort you have given to me. Thanks again.
12-20-2008 08:35 PM
Thanks for reading,
12-27-2008 02:47 PM
i have exactly the same problem: mac mini with leopard 10.5.6, a usb-parallel adapter (prolific technology chip) and a HP laserjet 4 plus. i get the W2 invalid personality message with the 2013.111 driver. when i use gutenprint, it prints excatly one job and then gets stuck wih every following job. i tried the foomatic/hpijs driver, wich prints several jobs, but also gets stuck from time to time, e.g. if i turn on the printer after i turn on my mac.
If you have a solution please let me know.
04-22-2009 08:38 AM
I'm hoping there's another adapter out there that will work. The drivers in Mac OS X seem to cover PostScript--there's both GutenPrint and a generic PS driver.
The LJ 4 is ancient, but built like a tank. It just keeps going, and I'd like to keep it.
I'll report back if I find something that works.
04-23-2009 05:10 PM
Here's what I submitted to the vendor (Keyspan is a product of TrippLite):
"Product: Keyspan, Model: UP-6C
Problem: Out of Box Malfunction
Product advertising and the one page User Guide claim the product works with parallel printers on a Mac. The package also claims that no software is required.
My HP Laserjet 4M does not print when connected to my Mac Pro (OS X, 10.5.6). I tried both the "default" PostScript driver and the GimpPrint driver.
The Keyspan Printer Configuration software described in the User Guide is nowhere to be found. The User Guide also contradicts the "no software required" statement on the package.
Please suggest what I can do to use this product."
05-28-2009 06:53 PM
That was with OS X 10.5. When I upgraded to OS X 10.5.2 or OS X 10.5.3, it wouldn't work at all, so I went back to OS X 10.5.
I came across this thread when I wondered if a more current version of both Gutenprint and OS X might solve the problem. I downloaded the most current driver, which is Gutenprint-5.2.3-ub.dmg, which you can download from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group
Before I upgrade to OS X 10.5.6, would you try this driver and let me know if it works? If not, you can probably download OS X 10.5 from Apple.
Hope this helps!
05-28-2009 07:48 PM
I don't think that's a "solution." That's basically a new problem.
From what I understand, printer support changed drastically with 10.5.6. So you're correct that what works with 10.5 may not work with 10.5.6.
But I've tried two different brands of parallel to USB adapters, and neither worked under 10.5.6. And I don't think backing up to 10.5 is a reasonable solution to my problem.
01-05-2010 02:11 PM
01-05-2010 02:25 PM
The problem is not with the LJ4 nor with the Mac.
The problem is with the USB to parallel adapter. I've tried three of them, with no luck.
As much as I loved the LJ4, it was no longer worth my time to continue trying to get it to work with my Mac Pro.
I gave it away to a good home and bought a replacement laser printer--not an HP, so it'll go unnamed.
Hope others might somehow solve this problem.
01-11-2010 11:35 PM
Things have gone well for 3 month until this genius added 32 megs of RAM to the printer. You guessed it; I can no longer see or mount the printer to ether Mac.
Yes, the printers test page prints with no errors. RATS
01-14-2010 09:31 AM
When I first set-up got invalid pers message. Got Gutenprint 5.24, seemed to work okay. Then started to hang. Got message on printer queue that some percentage had been sent. deleting the job would cause printing of some part of the job. Looked fine, just not complete.
Would appreciate any ideas. The printer is old but indestructible.
Thanks in advance.
03-23-2010 12:28 PM
Could it have to do with my cable???????
03-24-2010 10:38 AM
I think it is memory. Probably not the cable. PS requires a lot more than PCL. I can print to the 4+ from the Windows VM (under Parallels 5.0) Jobs print fine. But trying to print from the MAC side hangs. I had some luck with very short notes out of Word 2008 for MAC. I gave up. I attached the 4+ to a Windows computer on the network. I can send print jobs to it from the Windows side of my MAC.
Best I could do. It is an old printer.