How do I get an older HP printer working with OSX Mavericks?

Bill, frustrated Mac and HP user November 27, 2014

How do I get an older HP printer (1500L or 3500 LaserJet) drivers for my Mac Operating System 10.9.6?

Mac points finger at HP and HP says the drivers are ‘too old’…

I have $1500 worth of printers and toner cartridges, still usable. Also I have past OS X 10.6 OS backups via “Time Machine”.

The HP 3500 LaserJet was my last printer.. This planned obsolescence is infuriating. Apple doesn’t tell you this when they tout their newest software upgrades.

SURELY, there’s a solution. Maybe there are new programs that solve this for others as well?


  1. dragonmouth
    November 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Instead of relying just on HP and Apple for the drivers, check out the following driver sites:

    These sites may redirect you back to Apple and HP but they also have archives of old, obsolete and discontinued drivers, or they may redirect you to a site that has the drivers you need archived. Good luck.

  2. Oron J
    November 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    According to, these models are Host Based Printers (which means that the image is "drawn" on the computer's memory), and have limited upgradeability. Looks like you're out of luck.

  3. ha14
    November 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm
  4. Jan F.
    November 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

    If neither Apple nor HP are offering drivers for your current operating system you can only try adding the printer using a generic driver. When you add the printer you should be able to select either Generic PostScript printer or Generic PCL printer.
    You can also select them later on in the System Preferences > Printers & Fax. Select the printer and press on Options & Supplies, there will be a driver tab where you can select the generic ones.

    You will lose certain functions and features that come with your printer using the generic drivers but for the most part printing should work just fine.