End Of An Era


Sadly, I had to finally retire my HP LaserJet 5MP that I’ve had for over twenty years. For reasons of convenience, we really needed to be able to connect our printer to the network via WiFi. Try as I did with multiple different devices, I just couldn’t get the 5MP to connect to our WiFi network with a combination of an Ethernet print server and Ethernet-WiFi adapter. This printer worked flawlessly for the entire twenty+ years I had it.


  1. Sunday Afternoon says

    No always-on router, NAS device or host computer available to share it on your network to your wireless devices?

  2. Trebuchet says

    Holy crap! I had one of those. I had no idea it’d been so long. Actually had the old Centronics parallel interface, if I recall correctly. I’ve no idea when I replaced it, or why. Probably wanted color.

  3. Trebuchet says

    Just thinking about that printer….I sure hope it isn’t in a box in the basement somewhere. But it’s entirely possible.

  4. janiceclanfield says

    Don’t feel too badly. I’m sure its in a better place now, probably printing out lists of sinners names for the angels to work on.

    Or maybe not…

  5. fentex says

    My sisters Laserjet 4 continues in operation. I recently had to install Windows 8 for her and was very surprised at how easy it was to get the old reliable HP back in action – only a minor niggle with the handling of postscript had to be overcome.

  6. M31 says

    I still use mine, lol–I got it 13 years ago from another office that was getting rid of it since it was too old, hahahaha.

    It was a huge pain to figure out how to continue to use it when stoopid Apple stopped supporting AppleTalk (how dare they try to abandon a 1980s standard!), but I did it (FUCK YEAH PRINT OUT THE TEST PAGE AND IT WILL TELL YOU ITS IP ADDRESS).

    See that little red plastic square in the lower left? That’s the infrared port, so you can beam print jobs to it from your Newton. I need to dig mine out and see if it still works, lol. My old Powerbook 3400 had an infrared port too. Not a very long-lived standard, that.

  7. Trebuchet says

    At least it was from the time when HP didn’t install 50 background applications with every new device. I probably won’t buy another of their products because of that.

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