Unbreaking Lion printing

A few days ago, an update to HP printer drivers was released by Apple. Thinking nothing of it, I went right ahead and downloaded it.

Unfortunately this update totally broke printing on my Mac running OS X Lion. Not only that, but I could not even print to PDF.

apple hp printer fail

Apple’s printer and scanner support website suggests these are third-party drivers, but I would have hoped Apple would test them thoroughly before shipping them via Software Update. I’m seriously disappointed that something so fundamental should break this way; after all, it’s why I ditched Windows for Linux, and then ditched Linux for Mac.

Fortunately, it turns out there is a fix for broken HP printer drivers on Lion, via the Apple Support Communities:

sudo rm /Library/Printers/hp/PDEs/hpPostScriptPDE.plugin

Crude, brutal, but it works.

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3 Responses to Unbreaking Lion printing

  1. jashaj says:

    I had the same issue on my MacBook. I solved it by switching to the generic postscript driver instead of the HP driver.