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December 27, 2003

Christmas tech support: HP 7660 and OS X

My parents gave Christy and me a Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart 7660 for Christmas. I had been considering a photo printer for a while, but hadn't pulled the trigger, and this seems like a nice choice.

I unpackaged it, and hooked it up to the 500-mHz TiBook I use to record TV shows and spool jobs to the office laser printer. I loaded the software from the HP CD, ran the included web updater to pull newer software from their web site, and printed a calibration page without a problem. I fired up iPhoto, loaded up some glossy photo paper, chose a cute kid photo, and let 'er rip. Oops -- iPhoto unexpectedly quit. Ouch. How 'bout Graphic Converter? Unexpectedly quit. Hmmm. Try the miniBook; iPhoto unexpectedly quit.

Google didn't turn up anything. HP's support site didn't turn up anything. But wait! I noticed that the driver HP's updater pulled down is version 2.3.5, but that deep in the bowels of their web site, there's a version 2.3.6. Loaded it, and everything works exactly as expected. I printed out a 3.2 megapixel image on letter sized photo paper, and it looks fantastic.

Listening to Baby It's Cold Outside from the soundtrack album for "Elf" by Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel.

December 27, 2003 in Apple - General, Apple - Software, General computing | Permalink


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