Using the HP 8450’s Card Reader

The card reader on the HP PhotoSmart 8450 can be read in Linux using hp-toolbox. hp-toolbox comes in the hplip RPM.

When I ran hp-toolbox, it didn’t list any printers even though they are set up in CUPS (visible in a browser in http://localhost:631).
So I did a set up in hp-toolbox:

  • Device/Set up new device
  • Enter root password
  • Select network connection–printer appears in list
  • Select driver

Only three drivers showed up: HP Laserjet 8000 and 8100 series and Mopier 240. So I chose “Select Other”.

  • Select the 8400 printer driver. Mine is in /usr/share/cups/model/HP-PhotoSmart_8400-hpijs.ppd.

I left “send test page to printer” selected. The page printed but the printer didn’t show up in list. Then I selected Device/refresh all and the printer appeared.
Put an SD card in card reader (lower right slot). Select Functions tab. Press “Photo Card” button. The pictures appear in a window to be selected. Note uploading pictures this way is really slow. My transfer rate is about 850K per minute.