10-05-2008 02:29 PM
Instructions for Installing the USB to Parallel Adapter
Windows XP/VISTA (do not install the CD)
1) Plug the cable into the USB port on your computer.
2) A prompt that says "Found New Hardware" will appear. Windows will then install the USB printing support driver automatically. You do not need to install the driver from the CD.
3) Plug the cable into the printer.
4) If your printer is already installed, click on Start, then Printers & Faxes. Right click on the printer you are connecting to and click on Properties. Click on the Ports tab and check the ‘Virtual printer port for USB’ port. Click OK.
5) You should now be able to print.
I also found on their site the appropriate driver (http://micropactech.com/ver2/index.php?option=com_
But I can’t seem to install the printer or figure out how to link the drriver. The 3100 It is not on the list of printers that comes up during the add printer wizard. I tried selecting the 2100 but that didn’t work either. Any idea? Shouldn’t I be able to use the printer?
10-05-2008 06:49 PM
10-28-2008 09:17 AM
Are there drivers for the Mac?
11-18-2008 02:08 PM
11-18-2008 02:50 PM
Other users of the 3100 have reported success with this one:
11-19-2008 03:33 PM
On the questions/comments page for the 7383 (McPrinter's link) it also says a parallel express card will work. But that was $128.
Really helpful people: 801.356.3823 10-7 EST email@example.com
11-19-2008 08:24 PM
11-20-2008 01:48 PM
The cable may only give you print and not scan/fax.
A PCI parallel card should be a good solution on a desktop PC.
Interested to see your results Randy.
Lots of people post here who only have a laptop.
The Sewell cable has worked on many printers with and without the mini-centronics adapter.
11-22-2008 02:09 PM
The card uses an adapter cable to convert from DB 25 to MicroCentronics 36, so I'm wondering whether the problem could be that communications are impaired by the adapter cable.
There are a number of statements on the Sewell site that indicate the adapter cable that Mc Printer referred to does not work with all-in-ones, so I'm hesitant to buy it, even though he says that a number of people have had success with it.
I too will be interested to hear of Randy's results. A new all-in-one would not be all that costly at present-day prices, and would be a whole lot less time-consuming, but I just can't stand to see a challenge like this stump us. Also, we have two 3100's that are in very good working order, so I hate to trash them.
Regards to all, and thanks for your contributions.
11-28-2008 01:03 PM
By the way, HP support didnâ t suggest any of these solutions (I didn't yet know of these to ask), but they will trade in your 3100. No price break on the replacement but free full toner and shipping and 3100 disposal and other little perks. I learned of the 1522 (black and white) for $349 (more w/ fax) and the 2320 (color) for $549 (more again with fax).. Dimensions are bigger than the 3100. Both had color scanning. The more expensive versions of them had magnitudes higher scan resolution. Call 888-999-4747 and ask for this info rather than pay for tech support.
I don't care much about color printing but Iâ d love good photo-quality scanning. Does anyone know of a cheap/small color scanner that would let me digitize prints and negatives?