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HP Deskjet F4180 won't scan on my mac


I've got a Mac OSX10.5 (Leopard) and can't get my HP Deskjet F4180 to scan. When I press the scan button, the power light flashes which means the Mac isn't responding. When I install from the CD, the install completes, says 'click OK to configure' but then nothing pops up. In applications, the HP folder has only got 'HP Customer Participation' in it (I expected to see some other applications there). If I try to download drivers from the HP website, the install gets part way through then crashes, and I have to use force quit.

Can you please help?



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  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    ive exactly the same problem, the one think that i know is that the driver is for mac os x 10.3 and 10.4 ! but leopard is 10.5 !!!!!!!

  • PaulFisher Dec 03, 2007

    Yes you're right, I've found out since that HP haven't released drivers yet for Leopard, but plan to do so in the near future...

  • kayakcanada Feb 07, 2008

    Same problem, but with HP Scanjet 4850 and with Oki C3200n printer.

    What does "soon" mean?

  • sharkelton Nov 24, 2008

    i am having the same problem as paul. it says my scanner hasnt been initialised but will still scan when you press the big black button to print it straight away. whats going on!?

  • bdhdh2 Nov 27, 2008

    Definition of the HP 4180 printer

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    Same problem...I just got the new apple macbook, and when I hit the just flashes.

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    omg same thing! help.

  • bookapple Feb 01, 2009

    i have the same problem.
    also, i can't find the driver for mac for the f4180 anywhere

  • noch1er Mar 07, 2009

    no problem with tiger, but after instaslling leopard i had the same problem. loading down hp software didn't help either. 
    after all, i paid money to hp  for a scanner and now i does not work and there seems to be no effort from this side to solve the problem. 
    my ***!

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    Same problem I cannot find any drivers for HP F4180 anywhere. 



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Here's what I did to get it to work:
1. I ran the HP uninstaller and removed everything. 2. I downloaded the drivers [full set, with apps] from HP and installed them. 3. I think this was the trick - Open the HP Device Manager and click Scan Preferences in the drop down menu next to Information and Settings. Click the settings tab and make sure only ONE option has the "skip scan preview window' option checked. I picked Front Panel.
Could be coincidence but it worked for me. :D Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009



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Thanks, This works.
If you are having this problem, don't contact HP, they will keep you on the phone forever getting your info, and in the end, say they can't help you unless you pay for tech support.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008



I had exactly the same problem, literally everything you described and now my printing scanning and all other functions work perfectly again. This is what I did-
uninstall everything HP related with the HP uninstaller program
go to this link-
 and download the whole installation file (~180M) Run the installation and the printer was now recognised and all programs work. It did not work when I tried installing off the disk like you said you were having problems with too.

Posted on Mar 05, 2008


IVE GOT THE SAME PROB! I think HP doesnt have a driver yet for Leopard..

Posted on Jan 29, 2008


Http:// maybe it works !!!

Posted on Dec 03, 2007

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