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I would like to use a USB connection with my Cannon BJC 85 portable printer. Is thsi possible?

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Yes, There are adapters that go from Parallel to USB connection and can be purchased from some computer retail stores. Here is one site to get it from:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=76
Hope this helps, Bud

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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