I’d post this on the Apple forums, but I keep getting an error message every time I try to log on. Par for the course, I’d day.
So, I just upgraded my operating system to Mac OS 10.8.2, Mountain Lion. I did this so I could share information easier over all my devices. Overall, I like the new operating system and how it’s designed. But it’s not without its issues. One is the weird reverse scrolling and the fact that the system only wants you to download items from the Apple Store. Both of these things can be overcome by changing the preferences in System Preferences.
But the real problem is that my scanner stopped working. My old HP Scanjet 3970, which works fine, doesn’t run in Mountain Lion and HP has no plans to support it. I had no interest in buying a new scanner to replace one that wasn’t broken (though that’s how high tech stuff works– planned obsolescence). I searched all around and found no easy answers. In the end, I just downloaded the last supported scanner driver, for system 10.5. And voilá, that made things work again.
So for anyone who is in the same situation, even though HP says it doesn’t support the Scanjet 3970, the most recent driver seems to work. You can download it from this page; click “HP Photosmart Studio Includes Support for Mac OS X v10.3, v10.4 and v10.5 (Leopard).”