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Installing drivers (PC/Mac) ¶ 

Windows ¶ 

Windows users will have the most drivers available.

  • 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)

Linux ¶ 

For Linux, you have two driver choices:

  • Generic (PCL6 recommended)

Note: Most Linux distros include the HPLIP driver in the default packages that are installed. In the case of distros that do not include this driver (or cases where band upgrade is needed) it can be downloaded and installed by the end user.

If you can use the HPLIP driver, this driver is better then the generic driver. While most distros are supported, you may need to use the generic driver on distros that do not support HPLIP.

Unsupported ¶ 

  • HP Smart Install (Windows)

HP Smart Install and Linux ¶ 

HP Smart Install is known to cause problems in Linux. This primarily happens on builds that register the printer as a USB mass storage device, but the issue was fixed many years ago. While it has been fixed, this can still happen in unpatched distros.

Since this is a known issue in Linux with Smart Install printers, upgrading the firmware to a later version without Smart Install is recommended. While this will remove the feature, the printer will not have issues in Linux.

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, but will have less of an effect on toner life.

Less Paper Curl

This is not required, but reduces the fuser operating temprature. This will increase the service life of the fuser.

Override out (HP 80A/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)

While this setting does not prevent the low toner message from coming up on your printer, this will allow you to get additional life out of your cartridge in the normal state.

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: If you change this setting below 10%, you run the risk of the waste toner filling up and may result in the toner needing replacement due to the waste ink compartment filling up. This is NOT recommended for the HP 80A cartridge due to the smaller waste toner compartment.

Warning: Changing this setting WILL impact your your remaining pages in an Override Out condition.

Resolution/ReT (HP 80A/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 (HP 80A/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 engine life, since the printer will reduce the engine speed. Print speed WILL be reduced.

  • 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
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