01-29-2008 12:51 PM
-LJ5 worked fine via Parallel Port on XP computer using the miniCentronics port (not the larger Centronics)
-New computer (Vista Home Premium) with no Parallel Port
-Removed the miniCentronics cable from LJ5
-Purchased USB to Centronics cable
-Plugged into USB and larger Centronics port in LJ5 and the drivers were loaded and it put up LaserJet 5MP Postscript printer. Note it chose Postcript printer type...
-Tried a test print and got improper test page (offending command or something like that)
-Removed this PostScript Printer from Vista
-Added New Printer using wizard selecting the USB and tried both Using BiDirectional and no Using Bidirectional option in Vista (I ended up with same end result)
-When I try to print, I open the Printers window and watch the status and it says printing but nothing happens. No lights blink on the LJ5
1) Did I setup this properly using USB printer option?
2) I am going into the larger Centronics port. I did not do that before (I did miniCentronics). Do I need to go into the miniCentronics?
3) if I need an adapter, is it better to go with the USB to Female printer port (for my existing LPT cable so I can use it on USB) or should I go with the Centronics - miniCentronics adapter?
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Sabrent SBT-UPPC USB to Parallel 6-Foot Printer Cable via AMAZON
VISTA does see the printer. Through printer properties will not send a test page.
1 page word document will print out several pages of "gibberish coding".
I'm still experimenting with the settings.
02-01-2008 01:19 PM
Sabrent USB-DB25F USB to DB25 Female Parallel Converter Adapter 6-Foot Cable
I want to try to use the existing parallel to centronics cable I used before on the old computer and this cable I think will use that...
If that also fails, then only choice is the centronics to mini adapter...
02-01-2008 07:44 PM
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02-04-2008 12:01 PM
I cannot get anything to work with the cables I have. Was watching for results with the miniCentronics.
02-08-2008 10:15 AM
I disconnected the USB - fat Centronics cable.
I removed all printers.
I took the old miniCentronics to parallel cable that used to work on the old LPT enabled PC. I got a USB to DB25 Female Parallel Printer Cable from Amazon and attached it to the parallel cable and the USB.
Plug it in.
Vista installed a printer, but it was HPLJ5 MP PostScript. I do not want postscript so I opened properties on the printer and it has a way to change the driver. I selected HP LaserJet 5 MP and said ok.
Tested it and it worked.
The old fat Centronics did not work after repeated attempts. USB to Parallel connecting to my original printer cable did work for me!
06-20-2013 12:53 AM
Hello, I am having hard time to get this work. I could not find the driver that is NOT PostScript driver. Would you be able to post screen shoot on youtube please? Thanks
01-01-2015 03:26 PM - edited 01-01-2015 03:28 PM
Could you recap? Are you saying not all the USB to parallel port cable works for HP5MP? Parallel port uses Centronic IEEE-1284, 36pin male. Is the length any issues? I have Netgear USB to RS232 serial converter kit, add a male to female RW232 gender changer, and a Parallel port cable female to male, doesn't work.