I have never bought an all-in-one (print, scan, copy, fax) device before.
It seemed to me that if it went on the blink, you were stuck with no devices
all. But my study is filled with books, computers (3), a router, and more. Over
time I have needed a scanner and particularly a flatbed copier. Not just to copy
book pages. Anyone who has ever tried to copy a driver’s license through
a sheet fed copier knows what I am talking about. I rarely send faxes, but I
still receive a fair amount of faxes. I use the ink so little in my ink jet fax/copier
that the expensive cartridges dry up. So when I saw the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet
3330 that had stand-alone features, a toner cartridge, and USB connections – I
All previous HP devices I have had worked flawlessly out of the box. Their
documentation is usually good, the features are well thought out, and they
usually supply software
that is a cut above the competitors in my opinion. [I do think Apple is better
overall in software.] Note, however that HP does harm users by failing to update
drivers after about 3 years or so. They need to fix this to attain brand loyalty.
The stand-alone features worked without flaw. However, I had a devil of a
time getting this device to work with my PowerMac G4. In retrospect, if
I had some
key information, I believe it would have been a snap. On the other hand, without
that key information, I found myself congenitally unable to do only and precisely
what the instructions said. I write this article in hopes that it will save others
Do not connect the printer to the USB port on the Apple Extended
Trim the twenty plus unnecessary extensions after you get everything
HP does not use or support the Chooser. If you use the Chooser, you
a hyper-space of problems. Use the HP LaserJet Utility as below.
In Mac OS X, open the Print Center (Apple) from Applications/Utilities
folder, and select Add Printer. Also, select Directory Services, not USB to choose HP
Problems and Error Messages I Wrestled:
"Software to use USB device Apple Extended USB Keyboard could not be
found." The Apple Extended USB Keyboard does use USB Device Extension,
but I always
had that loaded. The Apple software nicely does a search on the Internet
software it feels is missing, but it never could find what it wanted. I never
understood this. Eventually, searching the Apple Knowledge Base, I found
an article that pretty much said never connect a printer to the keyboard
via the USB port.
It may be
that the keyboard and the printer in combination draw more power than the
port can supply. Who knew?
I had trouble with the entire computer ‘hanging’ in limbo
after the desktop had completed display. I thought it was a problem with
But, after all the dust settled, I installed the file sharing extension and
it seems to work. More likely, in my blind search for simplification I
the HP LaserJet 3310 USB extension. Clearly I have no insight into the ultimate
problem as occasionally I have had to Cmd+Opt+Esc to restart the finder.
This is not recommended. I get desperate.
What worked for me:
Connect USB printers directly to the Mac. Once I found the article stating
not to use the keyboard port, I went directly to the second USB port on the
of the Mac. I used a 14-foot USB cable directly to the Mac with no problem once
all the other problems were ironed out. I never went back to try my powered USB
hub, but it should work.
Installation in Mac OS 9.22
Initially I could not successfully run this with File Sharing.
I did a clean install, minimal extensions. HP requires QuickTime ≥ 4.0.
Eventually I added all extensions in my world with no conflict. By slow attrition
I eliminated the unused HP extensions.
Run the HP CDROM installer. I think it helped to also run
Don’t eliminate all the extraneous drivers.
How could you know that the 3330 requires the 3310 driver??
It is critical to use HP LaserJet utility v.4.3 to select USB printer.
Then reboot! Automatic set up in the Apple Desktop
Print Utility is not supported
and will crash the HP USB printer setup.
I Repeat, I believe it is critical to reboot at this point.
Run the HP All-in-One (AIO) application. For the most part this collects
HP AIO 3330 works with Carbon Lib extension versions 1.4, 1.5, 1.6.
It works with Mac OS 9.21 and 9.22 (and Mac OS X).
I still have not been able to register my printer at the HP web site.
The serial number is on the bottom of this rather heavy, clumsy
You have to register yourself at the web site with ID and password
The HP site will not accept registration via MS Internet Explorer
The HP web pages jump all over and back and forth when I tried
to use Netscape
These extensions are required for the HP 3330 AIO USB Printer:
Printing Lib ≥ v.7.1.4
Classic DTP Lib v.4.03, from HP
Desktop Printer Spooler
Desktop Print Monitor
HP All-in-One (AIO) application, used at start up
HP LaserJet 3300 Scan
HP LaserJet 3300 USB
HP LaserJet 3330 USB
HP LaserJet 3310 USB
HP LaserJet 3330 Fax
Toner Tuner® extension still works! HP software also has a toner
HP does NOT support Apple USB Printer Sharing.
HP installs roughly twenty other extensions for other printers,
but these do not appear to be necessary. On the other hand, who knew the
would be required?
HP LaserJet Toolbox – this utility is of no help until you
have already successfully installed the printer. It contains: Device Chooser,
View On Screen User Guide, and View Help.
Installation in Mac OS X 10.1.5
I thought it was critical to get it working in Mac OS 9 first, since
that is what it uses. It is stunning how many providers still are
not Mac OS X
Run all three of the HP CD-ROM installers noted above in Mac OS 9.
Immediately run the Print Center application and select the printer
from dialog boxes. Use Directory Services in Print Center.
If anyone knows the cause of error message: “Shared memory service
has not been set up”, please let me know.
Several times during attempted installation, I got an error dialog
box with an exclamation inside a triangular icon. This clearly was
but each time, the error message itself and any possible buttons
were blotted out by a totally black rectangle of cosmic doom. A cold boot
the machine was the only answer.
In Mac OS X, the HP All-In-One Setup Assistant often could not see
the USB device. This is a classic issue in which, if you did not
do it right
first place, there are no guideposts and you are at a dead end.
If someone in installer heaven is listening, I think all installers
should have a final list at the end of the documentation. It should
state all of
the files that you need, and where they should be located if you
This was not easy – at least for me. And I learned from the HP discussion
pages (on their Web site, http://www.hp.com) that many others have suffered while
installing this printer on both Macs and PCs. I had no reason to try this but
one message revealed that you could reset the HP printer itself by pressing and
holding both the Menu/Enter button and the Symbol (asterisk) button while plugging
in the computer. This is akin to playing Twister by yourself and could be hazardous
to your health.