Adventures in Printing

So, here’s how my day went at work with our office printer:

This morning, two print jobs sent to the printer, no problem.

After lunch, nothing. Everything got piled up in the printer’s queue because my computer couldn’t complete a connection to the printer. I deleted the printer out of my system preferences, and attempted to add it back from scratch. Only my computer couldn’t see it.

So I went to HP’s web site and downloaded their driver software for the printer. It came on a disk image, but the application on the image wouldn’t open, but instead triggered an Automator action, because of how HP named the app. I deleted a bunch of extraneous numbers and crap, which MacOS was treating as a file extension, and finally got the app to install.

Now, the HP printer utility still couldn’t see my printer. I finally was able to get the HP printer utility to find it, but even though that utility can see it, my printer and fax control panel in system preferences can’t find it.

This has been going on for over an hour. I’m done. Tomorrow’s a great day to start four consecutive days of being off.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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