I have an HP Officejet Pro 8620 that is connected to a Time Capsule by USB. The Time Capsule is connected to two Mac computers by ethernet (with no internet access, if it matters). This setup has worked for multiple years, with each Mac having the ability to print. I cannot get the M1 MacBook Air to “see” the printer.
I have a file titled HewlettPackardPrinterDrivers.pkg with, as far as I can tell, no version information. When I double-click it, Installer runs and presents a dialog box with the message, “This volume does not meet the requirements for this update.”
I have a file titled “HP Easy Start.app” that, when the MBA is connected to the Time Capsule via ethernet, offers the 8620 (and only the 8620, albeit as a printer and as a fax) as a device and (after I select the 8620) apparently contacts the mother ship with the message “Searching for software” until it gives up with the message “Cannot obtain software information.”
I have a file titled “HP-Officejet-Pro-8620_v12.32.0.dmg” that offers a file called “HP Officejet Pro 8620.pkg”. Double-clicking that file caused the beachball to spin (and stop occasionally) for quite some time, then I get a warning that the certificate has expired. I say continue (twice, because I get a second warning), then I get the Installer. After agreeing to T&C and selecting the Essential Software (which I cannot deselect, if it matters) and HP Scan, I click Continue, select a destination and authenticate, and get the message “This package is incompatible with this version of macOS.”
There was some other procedure I followed on the web that resulted in a message that I needed to select my OS; after doing so, I got some failure message.
I disconnected the 8620 USB cable from the Time Capsule and connected it directly to the MBA. I was then able to install the software, but it doesn’t work when I connect the 8620 USB to the Time Capsule and connect the Time Capsule ethernet to the MBA.
Any suggestions on what I can try now? Thanks.