As the years roll on, our older equipment seems to get forgotten very quickly when we start to upgrade our operating systems and hardware. One such casualty in this war was my old HP LaserJet 1010 USB Printer, when I upgraded to Snow Leopard on my iMac. To cut a long story short, I gave up trying and bought a Kodak Multifunction printer and placed my working but tired old laser into the loft.
Go forward a few years and I face the same scenario… I upgraded to OS X Yosemite and then find my Kodak printer no longer works with it! ARGH! I’m stuck and unable to print, what do I do other than wait for Kodak to release updated rovers or buy a new printer?
My good quality Scottish blood made me see sense and I decided to wait for an updated driver rather than spend more money on something new.. but I still had to get stuff printed eventually and it just kept niggling away at me until I suddenly remembered my old Laser in the loft!
Surely, there would be a driver available now for this printer under Yosemite? There had to be!
So, up to the loft, I drag it down, emptied out 6 dead spiders a rather weird bug and something that I could not figure out at all… plugged it in, went to add the printer, and…… nothing…… absolutely nothing….
I did what any sane person would do, I gave the computer desk a good kick, uttered some oaths to the gods and went outside to calm down for a bit!
On my return, I did a LOT of searching online but could find nothing at all about anyone stupid enough to want their old HP LaserJet 1020 to work under OS X Yosemite.
By chance, while searching through the Apple support site I came across this link to some HP Printer Drivers V3.0 for OS X with a post date of…. September 30th 2014! This stated that the drivers here are for OS X Lion or later! Now, why I could not find this link years ago I have no idea, but I decided to download the drivers anyway and see what would happen.
I installed the drivers, plugged in my aged HP LaserJet 1020 and checked the printer settings.
The printer showed up as expected…. I clicked on the printer…..
And straight away I’m told that the printer driver is not available from Apple, so I crossed a few things and clicked on the Choose Driver, Select Software option to see what would appear.
At the top of the list was the closet driver to the printer, the LaserJet 1022, so I installed that and held my breath!
The printer appeared! I did a test print….. waited….. and it worked! Absolutely perfectly!
Maybe this problem was sorted years ago, but in all of the searches I did online I could find nothing about this, so I was assuming that people like me, had given up and moved on to better things.
If this bit of news helps anyone out then I’m glad, as it’s about time we had more use and a longer use out of our perfectly good working equipment for many, many years to come!
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