HP Laserjet 1020 on OS X

by kai on 27/07/2007



When we’ve moved to New Zealand in 2005, the amount of luggage/stuff we were taking was limited. At that time, I owned a pretty fancy HP Laserjet 13something printer I was really happy with – due to luggage restrictions, I’ve some sort of parked it with my father-in-law who didn’t mind 🙂

I bought a pretty cheap printer (HP LJ 1020, one of those “Windows only” printers) and it worked alright with my PC, hey – one can’t complain for NZ$ 149 at that time 🙂 Now with the Mac, it didn’t work – not too much of a surprise.

I’ve googled a bit and found a lengthy thread on macoshints.com about this issue. The outcome is – it’s not officially supported, the pre April 2006 version of the HP LJ 1022 version of the printer supports the 1020 as well. After that date (apparently because some people told HP that their driver worked well with the 1020), HP removed the inofficial support for the 1020.

It’s a bit tricky to get the correct drivers and to get them setup so that it works. A good way is to go to that thread mentioned above and grab the driver file which is linked to in post no. 154. Install it (resp. do all the removal stuff before if you have tried different versions of the driver), reboot, plug in your printer and you _should_ be able to add it to Mac OS X.

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David July 27, 2007 at 12:00 am

That’s the reason why Apple bought the CUPS project the other day. BTW, I know that there’s a little Brother laser printer in your storage room – that could work 😉

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