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Installing drivers (PC/Mac)


Windows users will have the most drivers available.

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


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


For Linux, you have two driver choices:

  • Generic (PCL6 recommended)

Note: Most Linux distros include HPLIP in the default package set. Some distros do not (or use an old version), but it can be updated/installed if either is the case.

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.


  • HP Smart Install (Windows)

HP Smart Install (and why it is bad to keep around)

Note: This feature was removed in a later firmware update. DO NOT update the firmware if you use it!

HP Smart Install has been abandoned by HP and was removed in later firmware releases. Part of the reason for this is the drive stored on the printer was difficult to update and required regular firmware upgrades (not provided by HP) as the files were in a protected EEPROM and could not be updated independently of the main firmware.

As a result, this driver was always known for being old and was best left unused in favor of downloading it online. This feature was abandoned by HP a few years after it had failed. It has never been attempted again.

If you use Linux or do not need it, it's generally better to remove the feature with the newer firmware. CAUTION: Once removed, you CANNOT RESTORE HP Smart Install!

Linux problems (HP Smart Install)

HP Smart Install is known to cause problems in Linux. This primarily happens on old builds that register the printer as a USB mass storage device. While it was fixed years ago, it can still cause problems in current releases if unpatched.

Since this is a known issue in Linux specifically, removal with the latest firmware is strongly recommended to prevent this from ever happening. However, there is no way to go back once done.


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 work on the 80X, but are less effective.

Less Paper Curl

While not required, this will reduce the fuser operating temperature (and lifespan).

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 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 overridden 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:

  • 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 printing speed. Print speed WILL be reduced.

  • System Setup
  • Quiet Print Mode
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