06-06-2006 02:24 PM
Will a USB to parallel cable make this work? In addition to connecting the cable, do I just need to d/l drivers for the printer?
Thank you for your advice!
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06-07-2006 01:06 AM
Some people seem to have problems with the USB to parallel cables, but most seem to succeed.
The other option is to use a parallel printer server on your network, but unless you need a network printer that's a more complicated and expensive way round.
07-05-2006 08:44 AM
Any help would be much appreciated.
07-05-2006 10:26 AM
I actually got it to work right away with the $10 cable I bought at a local store. But I moved the printer and plugged the cable into a different USB port, and it won't work now. I don't know if the different port made the difference or what. I hadn't downloaded any drivers or anything, so was surprised when it did work. I'm back to square one now.
The only thing that changed besides the USB port is that when it did work, it was plugged directly into the wall outlet; it's now plugged into a surge suppressor. Maybe that makes a difference?
07-05-2006 12:07 PM
I don't think the surge s. is causing this problem. Have you tried plugging the USB connector into exactly the same port (on the laptop) as when it worked initially? Each USB port on a PC/laptop has a different identity. They are usually interchangable, but not always. These interface conversion devices (USB-parallel) are often problematic. I absolutely avoid them, but if you are determined to get it working, we will try to help.
07-05-2006 01:51 PM
I did try plugging it into the USB port that originally worked, and wasn't succesful the second time. If I try an option other than this cable, what would you suggest?
Thank you so much!
07-05-2006 02:06 PM
The best solution is to buy a printer which has native support for USB.
There are plenty of printers which support USB, since USB is the new interface standard for home users.
Check with us before you buy.
07-05-2006 02:11 PM
I really appreciate your help!
07-05-2006 02:53 PM
If you could please click in a few points, that tends to keep us regulars interested in solving your problem.
07-05-2006 03:58 PM
If I remember correctly, I plugged it in, then turned everything on - that's when it worked. Would doing things in a certain order make it more likely to work?
09-17-2006 01:50 AM
The file is 1.9 mb in size and there is good documentation on the site on getting the driver to work.
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05-17-2007 12:25 AM
Thanks for any advice.
06-16-2007 05:28 AM
Thanks for your help.
11-19-2007 12:29 AM
XP tells me the printer is connected to USB3. Since I do not know which port is USB3, I will play with ports when I have time. It would be nice to leave the printer plugged in all the time.