USB-to-parallel cable

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Dieter.Molle, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Dieter.Molle

    Dieter.Molle Guest

    Hi all,

    to be able to print to my HP Laserjet 5L printer with my new notebook
    (that has no parallel port), i bought a USB-to-parallel cable. There
    came no drivers with it and i thought for XP/Vista no drivers were
    necessary.

    But now i am not able to set the correct port for the printer. Un/Re-
    installing the USB-Root-Hub and the printer drivers did not help. When
    connecting the cable, an unknown USB device is installed.

    Has anyone managed to print over a USB to parallel cable?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dieter
     
    Dieter.Molle, Jan 6, 2008
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  2. Dieter.Molle

    f/fgeorge Guest

    YES drivers are still necessary, especially for printers that are not
    common enough for MS to include them in the OS. Sounds like your is
    not "in there" and you will need to go to HP and download the drivers.
    My buddy has the same cable you do and his new printer prints fine, so
    it is not the cable.
     
    f/fgeorge, Jan 6, 2008
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  3. Dieter.Molle

    huwyngr Guest

    You may need a driver for the chip system inside the USB to Parallel
    cable -- can you see the cable in Device Manager? Check all the
    different devices and networks.

    Did you get any software disk with the cable? Any instructions?

    What make and model is it?
     
    huwyngr, Jan 6, 2008
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  4. The converter would report itself as a Virtual USB Port.

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    Man-wai Chang ToDie, Jan 7, 2008
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  5. Dieter.Molle

    cosmvis Guest

    I had the same problem (use an HP LJ5L with Vista), and solved it by
    1- disconnect all printers, reboot, then add back the LJ5L on its US
    cable
    2- look in Control Panel, Printers to see if it shows up. If not
    unplug and replug in different USB port; make sure printer is ON; try
    USB-to-36-pin Centronics/IEEE1284 cable instead of 25-pin Parallel plug

    3- when you get the printer to show up in the Printer list in Contro
    Panel, try sending it a plain text page from Notetab or similar program
    If it works, you can try more complex and longer files
    4- if it does not print the simple page, do this
    open Control Panel/Printers and rightclick on the printer and selec
    Properties. In the Ports tab, try unselecting the bidirectional an
    pooling. In the Advanced tab, select Print directly to the printer
    Under Device Settings tab, make sure the amount of memory is correct fo
    your printer (do a printer self-test to see the amount)
    5- Making the above changes one at a time, and testing between changes
    may show you which is the crucial item.
    Once you get it running by itself, try adding back any other printer
    one at a time, to make sure it continues to work
     
    cosmvis, Aug 7, 2008
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  6. Dieter.Molle

    shirley Guest

    I am excited to hear that you solved the problem

    I am using an IOGEAR Model GUC1284B USB-to-Parallel Printer Cabl
    trying to get my Windows Vista Acer Notebook PC to print to our H
    LaserJet 5L printer. I followed the instructions and the drive
    installed correctly, but it would not print the test page. I called th
    IOGEAR support people and a tech worked with me. He had me perform al
    the steps you described in your e-mail, but in the end the printer stil
    did not print. The tech finally concluded that this IOGEAR cable is no
    supported by or compatible with an HP LaserJet 5L.

    Would you be so kind as to tell me what brand and model USB-to-Paralle
    Printer Cable you are using? Or do you have any thoughts that I may no
    know about
     
    shirley, Aug 12, 2008
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  7. Dieter.Molle

    cosmvis Guest

    My cable was a $10 item from 'Emtc - USB to Parallel Adapter Cables
    (http://tinyurl.com/6zy7kz

    It came with a CD of drivers, but not for Vista. I think if you us
    Vista, you are better off not installing old WinXP/98 drivers. Let Vist
    try to work it out

    I also found it necessary sometimes to select a different printer a
    the default in Control Panel/Printers and then select the LJ5LXtr
    again. You don't actually have to print a page to the other printer. (
    do have a second printer on tap that was designed for USB and alway
    works. Don't know if that matters or not.

    Another "trick" that works for me is to unplug the USB cable and plu
    it in again, in the same socket. If you hear the Window
    "connect/disconnect hardware" signal, you know at least some of th
    machine is recognizing the printer. If you don't hear it, you need t
    play around with settings until you -*can*- hear it being plugged in

    Finally, I find that I periodically have to go thru the whol
    rigamarole again, because the computer and printer have ceased t
    communicate again. It's a hassle I'd like to end, but until Vista or H
    does a better job of re-writing the driver for the LJ5L/5LXtra, we'l
    just have to live with it. Or buy new printers

    Good luck
     
    cosmvis, Aug 12, 2008
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