08-04-2009 04:28 PM
I'm using the HP Photosmart C4280 All-In-one with a MacBook running OSX 10.5.7
I'm connecting to the printer with a USB cable and have used both USB ports to make sure it's not a wonky port.
When I push the scan button on the printer, HPScan boots up, then an error message appears: The HP Communications Application is not running.
When I run ScanPro the following error message appears: Sorry, the scanner could not be initialized.
I've already downloaded and installed the latest printer driver .
Any help would be greatly appreciated. My latest project is being held up while I try to get the scanner to run.
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Re: HP Photosmart C4280 All-In-one won't scan
12-30-2011 12:11 AM
Let's reset the printing system:
- Go to System Preferences > Print & Fax
- Right (or control) click in the rectangle listing your printers and select Reset Printing System.
WARNING - this will delete ALL of your printers!
- Select the plus sign to re-add a printer. Look for the printer, select it and wait until the "Add" button becomes available. Click it.
08-26-2009 01:20 PM
I'm afraid HP is being pretty douchey about this.
I went through all the steps necessary to post this inquiry. I hewed carefully to all the requirements listed in the pinned "how to get an answer to your inquiry" post. But they're completely ignoring my question.
I guess HP wants me to stop buying their products.
08-26-2009 02:43 PM
I'm sorry you haven't gotten a response but these are user-to-user support forums, and not a place to receive direct help from HP. The members who answer questions here are volunteers and do so on their own time. If you want an answer from HP you'll need to contact them directly:
Wendy M - HP Support Forums Moderator
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08-26-2009 02:46 PM
Did you install this software? If so, try removing and reinstalling the printer through System Preferences, Print & Fax. (remove it then re-install it).
Check back in and let me know how it went!
I am employed by HP
04-30-2011 10:08 AM
If you are using Snow Leopard and have HP software for pre-Snow Leopard (either from a CD not marked as compatible with 10.6 or you recently upgraded to Snow Leopard and had the HP software on your Mac before you upgraded - even if you did a standard uninstall of the old software or installed new software over the top of it) you must uninstall the software using the 'scrubber' option:
Go to Applications/Hewlett Packard/ click on HP Uninstaller
Click on Continue
Highlight your device on the left pane
Hold the Ctrl, Opt and Cmd keys and click on Uninstall <<<< Scrubber Option
There will be a pop up that asks if you are sure you want to uninstall ALL hp software. (At this point, if you continue, any HP printers you have installed will need to be reinstalled)
Click Continue and let it finish
Restart your Mac
Now, run a Software Update.
Finally, download and install the "Full Featured" Driver and Software from the "Support & Drivers" link at the top of this page.
I am employed by HP
12-14-2011 03:01 PM
My Photosmart all in one printer model c4280 will not scan. I get the errorr message- sorry scanner could not be intiliazed. How do I fix this problem? The copy and print functionswork ok.
12-18-2011 12:02 AM - edited 12-18-2011 12:05 AM
what i'm saying is NO JOKE!!!
I just bought a HP All-in-one Photosmart C4680 which didn't include a usb cable ,so i bought one and that caused really trouble.printer was working just fine and i made a couple of copies (both type of Greyscale&Colorful)even scanned to a memory card.
I checked these forums which was really confusing and no one had found a solution,i updated drivers and downloaded critical updates from hp.com but it didn't work and just A Message shown:
"An error occured while communicating to hp imaging device ,try these steps:............"
(these steps were really the most stupid steps that i've ever seen.)
device manager was fine and without any error.
but i changed my usb cable and amazingly it started to work.
NOW, it scans without any problem into paint,windows fax and scanner,adobe and although hp scanning.
i hope it helps all of U.