Reconfigure printer to USB port

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Ron Smith, May 24, 2010.

  1. Ron Smith

    Ron Smith Guest

    I have upgraded machines and the new machine only has USB ports on it (i.e.
    no printer parallel port jack). I am having trouble getting my older HP
    2100M printer running (i.e. had to switch the old parallel cable out for a
    USB / parallel cable).

    Sometimes I see a "USB Printing Support" in the Port list and sometimes i
    don't. The printer seems to configure OK, but it still doesn't work (Test
    page sent to the printer just sets in the queue).

    I have downloaded the latest driver from HP, but it doesn't seem to install.

    Can anyone tell me how to get the darned thing confiugred properly.
    Ron Smith, May 24, 2010
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  2. Usually an issue with the USB to parallel conversion provided by the cable.
    The 2100 took pretty generic PJL commands, but I've seen several people
    reporting cable problems. I can only recommend the Belkin F5U002 cable. It
    works great for an old HP 4L as well as several other vendors printers.
    It's never failed.

    Try looking through the Windows Forums for specific printer USB/parallel
    cable combinations that work (or not).

    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
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    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Alan Morris [MSFT], May 24, 2010
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    kristain, Jun 2, 2010
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