Drivers and Installation for

The following instructions outline how to set up your computer for printing on the new HP Color LaserJet 3800dn printer.

For more information and/or to download the appropriate drivers, do a search at for the printer model number 3800 (3800dn). The current link is:


Note that there is no need to install the HPLIP software that is discussed on the HP web page.

Use whatever printer configuration program you have been using (e.g. Yast, Printer Configuration...) to add a new Network JetDirect printer (direct TCP/IP printing) with address and port 9100.

For the driver, there are two options:

1) Use the basic generic postscript driver. This may be in a folder such as Unknown Manufacturer, or Generic. This has a limited set of options that can be configured, but is certainly adequate. It will allow you to turn on duplex as the default if desired, or you can make a separate queue for duplex. [You can always do duplex on a case-by-case basis by sending extra options with lpr or enscript: the syntax depends on the printing system, cups or lpd.]

2) Use the Color LaserJet 3800 driver in the HP folder. This is the same basic postscript driver, but with more configurable options. If you do not see this model in the list of HP printers, you will need to import the ppd into your printer configuration program:


In addition to being able to do direct TCP/IP printing, the printer should be visible through AppleTalk as "HP Color LaserJet 3800" in the SpacePhysics zone.

If needed, please go to to obtain the HP LaserJet Mac OS X Installer with updated PPD and PDE (Univeral Binary) files.

The IP address of the printer is .


Before trying to install the printer, you should download the appropriate drivers from the web page. Download the "HP color LaserJet 3800 PostScript" driver (currently called clj3800pswin2kxp2003.exe). Do not download the "HP Universal Print Driver for Windows - PostScript" unless you particularly want to use this. Double click on the exe file to extract the drivers and remember the directory where they were stored.

Next install the printer in the normal way for a network printer. In short: Start - Settings - Printers and Faxes - Add Printer; install it as a local printer not a network printer (even though this is counterintuitive); create a new port of type Standard TCP/IP; printer name/IP address is which also will appear in the port name; when asked to select the printer model, click Have Disk to select the drivers from the directory you just extracted; do not set the new printer to be the default.

After it has been installed, check that the duplex capability is turned on. Right mouse click on the new printer icon; select Properties; choose the Device Settings tab; scroll down to the Installable Options section and make sure that the Duplex option says Installed; click Apply and OK.

The steps are nicely illustrated in the following link (though of course you will have to replace the entries appropriately):

Last Updated: 2006 September 14