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HP 2600 Color LaserJet Mac OS X Leopard Installation

HP’s 2600 LaserJet printer is a great machine that takes up a small footprint yet offers fast color printing speeds and network capabilities. In this article, we’ll install an HP Color LaserJet 2600 printer on a Macintosh computer. If you’re looking for the installation procedure to install an HP Laserjet 1600 with a Macintosh computer, you’re out of luck. HP doesn’t support this model with Macintosh computers.

To get started, most Mac computers come with built-in drivers for all types of HP, Toshiba, Brother, Dell, and other printers. Just in case you don’t have these drivers pre-installed, lets download the most recent drivers from HP’s website. Here’s a link that goes directly to the download page for the HP LaserJet 2600 printer support page.

HP LaserJet 2600 Printer Support Page [link]

Click on “MacOS X” and download the “Driver” on the next page. As of writing this article, the file size is approx. 5.3MB.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

Once the file is downloaded, find and open the dmg file and click on “hp LaserJet 2600n printer” to begin the driver installation process.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

To begin the installation process, click on “Continue”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

Then, read and review the software license agreement and click “Continue” and then “Agree”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

Select your main hard drive, in most cases, there will only be one choice. Then click “Continue”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

To begin the file installation, click on “Install”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation

After you see that the installation succeeded, click on “Finish”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation Final Step

At this time, plug in your HP Color LaserJet printer using a standard USB cable into your computer. Leopard is a smart operating system, in that it knows that you plugged in the HP printer and installs it into your list of available printers. To verify this, lets go into the “Print and Fax” control panel located in the “System Preferences”. You can also do a spotlight search for “Print and Fax”.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n MacOS Installation Print and Fax

In this system preferences pane, you should see your newly installed HP Color LaserJet printer installed and ready to use. I have two because my printer is also networked.

In case you don’t see your printer, we can quickly install it by clicking on the “+” sign underneath the printer list.

This will load the printer installation window. You should see your printer located in this box. If it is not present, double check that the printer is turned on and the USB cable is plugged into an available USB port. Reset the printer or computer if those steps have already been followed.

For a network installation, click on the HP Color LaserJet 2600n with “Bonjour” as the kind. This networking technology makes it easy to quickly install and use network printers like the HP Color LaserJet 2600n.

11 Comments (Leave a Reply)

  1. Dan (January 13, 2009)

    Thank you for the great article. Installing my printer was easier than I thought!

  2. Alex (January 21, 2009)

    Having nearly given up on ever getting my 2600n to work over the network, had messed around with it on USB fine ages ago but your simple Bonjour note set me on track at last.
    I selected More Printers then HP IP Printing and found it listed with an NPI number and an IP address I recognised to be right rather than 2600n but its working fine and using the right driver. Thanks heaps!

  3. Phil (March 15, 2009)

    Alex, you rock! Thanks for the tip on how to install a network printer. HP does not tell you to use the More Printers/HP IP Printing option to install a network printer, but this is exactly what the Dr. ordered.



  4. grempa (March 18, 2009)

    Thank you Alex, but I did everything that you said installed the whole thing and my printer in any of the places that you mentioned. do you know what could be wrong? I have a macbook with leopard 10.5.6.

  5. Nina G (September 3, 2009)

    Thanks so much for a great article – just started using the new Snow Leopard and had a hard time hooking up the printer to the MacBook Pro- your article did it for us!!

  6. Ricardo (September 25, 2009)

    GREAT. JUST GREAT. Easy, perfect and sharp. Please teach this to HP.

  7. ellen (October 10, 2009)

    Thank you Alex! Followed your instructions and managed to get it working. Had to click Manual and type in the IP to find it though. 🙂

  8. ericyek (December 29, 2009)

    this is great…
    thank you for sharing …

    thank again

  9. David (February 21, 2010)

    Good so far but when I actually try to print I have this problem: It goes like it is going to print but nothing happens. When I look at the printing queue, it says the printer is ready but shows my job as being stopped. When I click on the job and click on the icon above that says “Resume”, after a few seconds of it trying, I get this error message: “Operation Could not be completed. client-error-not-possible. The other computer, an iBook with Tiger that hasn’t been upgraded yet to Leopard 10.5 prints fine. Would love to know of a solution.

  10. David (February 21, 2010)

    In regards to my last comment, I solved the problem. In case anyone else has this problem, this is the solution: Restart your Macintosh using the Leopard install disc. After choosing English (or whatever your language is) on the first screen, select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. Click on Repair Permissions. (It takes awhile for it to read the permissions database and repair them so be patient.) When it is done, quit Disk Utility and restart your computer. It solved the problem described in my previous post (job stopped and the “client-error-not-possible” when you try to resume it). It now just prints like it is supposed to.

  11. Anna (March 8, 2010)

    I can not get this working, we have 2 printers on the same network with the same IP address. If i install the driver for the Hp Color Laserjet 2600n it simply does nothing at all. i can install and download it as many times as i like but it just doesn’t seem to work for me.
    I have a MacBook and i am running Mac OS X Version 10.6
    I have tried to add the printer manually by entering the IP address but it cant pick up the printer.
    I appreciate all help ! Thanks 🙂

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