Home printing has become increasingly popular over the past few years as printers have become more and more affordable. It is now a simple task to print out documents and images on a home printer, and many current models also include a scanner which can be used for photocopying.
Other cool functions – much more than bells and whistles – are also available, such as Bluetooth and wireless b/g connectivity, allowing owners to print from any number of devices such as mobile phones and tablets; the list goes on!
In addition to providing enhanced connectivity and an improved focus on how consumers use printers, manufacturers such as HP have also expanded their support for other operating systems. This has resulted in a set of printers that are as fully functional under Mac OS X as they are under Windows, something that wasn’t the case a few years ago.
With improved support, however, comes a new set of problems and issues. For instance, why would a HP printer ask for a password in Mac OS X? Normally this shouldn’t happen, but if it does and the problem persists after restarting both your Mac and the printer, try the following steps depending on the scenario.