2 parallel printers on a PC without LPT ports

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Marco Pizzamiglio, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. My PC (MB Asus P5B deluxe) comes without parallel ports. It runs
    windows Vista.
    I've got 2 printers with parallel port only: HP Deskjet 1220 and HP
    Laserjet 2200dt
    Vista drivers for that printers are available on HP web site.

    Which is the best way to connect the printers?
    I've found the D-link DP-300U ethernet print server (2 LPT + 1 USB),
    but Vista is not listed in the supported OS, i don't know if it will
    work anyway.
    Marco Pizzamiglio, Jun 13, 2007
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  2. Marco Pizzamiglio

    huwyngr Guest

    The most direct way if it is a desktop is to buy a PCI card (if those
    are the I/O slots you have) with two parallel ports. They are cheap.
    I've used Syba from NewEgg -- just check tht it is VISTA compatible.

    Otherwise a printer server with two ports would seem to be good and
    available to other computers if you end up with more than one.

    The DJ1220 only has the driver for VISTA that is "in the box" ie that
    comes as part of VISTA. However you run the risk that it is not fully
    featured to do all the printer is capable of doing.

    Here's the document HP have on installing for it:


    I have a LJ 2200d and it works fine; there is fully featured HP
    software you can download for it.


    You may need the PCL driver and the Easycare software to get everything
    working -- I think the latter includes the HP Toolkit that is needed.

    I no longer remember enough about PCL to know the difference between
    PCL 5 and PCL 6. People who could tell you, I'm sure if noone here
    chips in with the information, would be in:


    I hope that helps.
    huwyngr, Jun 16, 2007
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  3. I tried with the old PCI parallel card taken from the old PC (Win2K),
    but Vista couldn't recognize it, asks for drivers. The card model or
    manufacturer are not printed on it, I don't know how to find the
    The print server is more expensive but makes the printers available to
    the notebook even when the main PC is powered off.
    I think I'll look for a print server vith 2 LPT, making care in
    finding one surely compatible with Vista. I still havn't found a print
    server certified Vista compliant.
    As soon as possible I'll look at the links you gave.
    Thanks a lot.
    Marco Pizzamiglio, Jun 21, 2007
  4. Marco Pizzamiglio

    huwyngr Guest

    Look forward to hearing how you get on -- once you havae more than one
    PC the server is a good solution.
    huwyngr, Jun 21, 2007
  5. The print server works fine even on Vista. On the D-Link website there
    is a page "Vista compatibility" where all the print servers are
    certified Vista compliant as they don't need drivers.
    I just had to add one or more new TCP/IP ports and configure them
    following instructions.
    Marco Pizzamiglio, Jul 23, 2007
  6. Marco Pizzamiglio

    huwyngr Guest

    Glad you resolved it.
    huwyngr, Jul 23, 2007
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