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02-07-2012 09:49 AM
My new Officejet 6500A Plus wont scan with my MacBook Air OS 10.6.8. In fact, I can't get the wireless to work, either. I had thought I could just do without wireless, but the scanning thing is a dealbreaker.
I followed the instructions on this forum to reset the print queue and did that, but it still won't scan. I got these three error messages when I tried three different ways:
Task Not Availalbe -- "Save as JPEG" task found on your device is not available on your system. Please sleect antoher task.
And the same thing with "Save as PDF."
And the same thaning with "Everyday Scan."
It prints fine.
Any help you can give, both on the all-critical scanning and the less critical wireless, would help.
02-07-2012 10:39 AM
This is not quite the same as my problem, but sometimes my 6500 wouldn't scan, but it would print. Disconnect the 6500 by unplugging the USB cable. Then go to System Preferences > Printers and drag all the HP drivers to the trash. They don't disappear, but drag away. Restart the computer. Plug in the 6500. It should work.
The "permanent" fix seems to be to completely uninstall all the HP software. Restart the computer. Download and reinstall the latest drivers from the HP website. This has worked for me for several weeks now. Fingers crossed.
02-07-2012 10:51 AM
Alas, this didn't work. I originally loaded my software from a disk that came with the printer. Is it better to go by internet, and if so, what's the URL?
Or is this printer just a lemon and I should just return it?
02-07-2012 11:45 AM
I did the same. Used the disc which came with the printer. No good. Months of issues. Erase all of the HP software and try downloading from the website and installing that. For me, that finally did the trick. I like HP printers, but I am getting sick of their lack of support for the Mac OS.
02-07-2012 01:18 PM
You can always try to reset the printing system:
- Go to System Preferences > Print & Scan
- 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. Select the Defualt tab on the top of the window. Look for the printer, select it and wait until the "Add" button becomes available. Click it.
However, if you have any HP software meant for pre 10.6 on your Snow Leopard or Lion Mac it will likely not scan and may not print.
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02-07-2012 01:56 PM