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Installing drivers (PC/Mac) ¶ 

Windows driver options are the most extensive.

Windows:

  • Driver CD (Not recommended)
  • Download (No installer/Full installer)
  • UPD (PCL6 recommended)

Mac:

  • Apple driver
  • HP Easy start (10.11 or newer)
  • Full installer (10.5-10.10; version varies by the age of the supported OS)

These options are no longer supported:

  • HP Smart Install (Windows)

Drivers (Linux) ¶ 

For Linux, you have two driver choices:

  • Generic (PCL6 recommended)

Most Linux distros include the HPLIP drivers as part of the default packages. If your distro doesn't include it (or uses an outdated version), it can be downloaded and installed as a standalone package.

The HPLIP driver is recommended if you have the option to use it. Not all distros support it but generally speaking, you should use the HPLIP driver if your distro supports it.

Toner ¶ 

This printer ships with an 80A toner cartridge which gets ~2,600 pages. Once you use this toner up, it is best to replace it with an 80X since the real world yield of the 80A isn't even close to what HP rates it at. The 80X is good for ~6,900 pages. The real world yield is much closer to the rating on the 80X.

You should also set the printer to Continue or Prompt before the toner runs out. This can be done once the printer runs out of toner if you want to wait and see, but the HP default should be done at some point. This printer's default setting is set to Stop. The difference is how the printer behaves - Continue tells it to run indefinitely while Prompt asks what you want to do.

HP 80X (recommended)

HP 80A (Usable, but not recommended if you can afford the 80X)

Toner Life Optimization ¶ 

Note: Some of these tweaks are more for 80A users to get more life out of these cartridges. These will work on the 80X as well, but will have less of an effect on toner life.

This is not required for printers that have a 80X toner installed, with the exception of resolution, print density and Override out. Less paper curl is optional.'''

Override out (HP 80A and 80X): To configure the printer to continue printing once the chip reports that it is empty, do the following:

  • System Setup
  • Supply settings
  • Black Cartridge
  • Very Low Setting
  • Change to Continue or Prompt.

Low threshold (HP 80A only): To change the low threshold on the printer from the 15% default (8-10% is recommended), do the following:

  • System Setup
  • Supply settings
  • Black cartridge
  • Low Threshold

Note: This does NOT prevent the printer for reporting the cartridge is low - it only delays the low cartridge warning. This is an 80A only recommendation because it defers the low toner warning on these cartridges.

Warning: Setting this low WILL impact your remaining pages before the printer deems the cartridge empty.

Resolution/ReT (HP 80A and 80X): To lower the resolution, this can be done on the printer or in the driver with a print mode. The downside of each method is as follows:

  • Printer: Resolution will need to be increased in the driver or it will print at what the printer is set to.
  • Driver: Printer will be kept at the default and will print at the default resolution (ProRes 1200) unless overriden by the user at the OS level.

Print Density (Recommended on the HP 80A, but can be used on the 80X): By default, this is set to 3. Changing this to 2 will not impact the print quality in a noticeable way and will reduce your toner consumption. To do this this:

  • System Setup
  • Print Density
  • Change to 2

Quiet Print Mode: The main benefit to enabling this is extended fuser life, since the fuser will run much cooler then it does at full speed. Print speed is impacted, but not in a major way. To do this:

  • System Setup
  • Quiet Print Mode

HP Smart Install ¶ 

Note: This feature was removed in a later firmware update. If you want to retain the feature do not update the printer's firmware.

HP Smart Install has been abandoned by HP and removed in subsequent firmware updates. This feature was not easily updated and required regular firmware updates to maintain the driver loaded into the EEPROM of the printer as it could not be updated in any other way (this space in the firmware was read-only). This never happened and the firmware loaded drivers were often outdated, which led users to download the driver online anyway. As a result of how difficult Smart Install was to update and the lack of updates, HP abandoned the idea and has never done something like this again.

If you fall into these 2 groups, the firmware upgrade is recommended. Bear in mind once you update the printer this feature is gone for good:

  • Users who do not use it
  • Linux users

HP Smart Install and Linux

HP Smart Install and Linux never got along from the beginning. The feature initially caused these printers to show up as USB mass storage devices to Linux, but this was discovered very quickly. Most developers fixed the problem, but it can still happen if the feature is present, enabled and unpatched.

Because it can still happen in distros not ready for these Smart Install printers, the firmware upgrade is recommended. This will ensure the feature never causes a problem because it has been removed.

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