Question about Brother MFC 7420 All-In-One Laser Printer
I am trying to connect a Brother HL5240 printer to a laptop using the parallel port on the printer and the usb port on the laptop. The reason for this is that the usb port on the printer is already in use connected to a PC and there is no parallel port on either the PC or the laptop. I am using a cable with a usb connector on one end and a parallel connectoron the other which is supposed to be configured to allow me to do the job. However the laptop cant see the printer with this configuration. If I use a pure usb connection it works fine.
All suggestions gratefully received with thanks
You can't have a double hook up to it,When the parallel port is used the usb port is disabled and when you use the usb port the parallel port is disable.This is done to prevent damage to the printer.You can network the laptop with the pc and print that way though
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
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I have seen your message stating that "Initialization failed - Unable to acquire TWAIN-compliant device" error is received when trying to connect USB-Parallel type to your Laptop.
Well, Printer Panasonic UF4100, recommends to use only " Printer/Scanner Interface as Bi-directional Parallel (IEEE1284) " means you need to use Parallel cable to connect Printer to the Computer/Notebook. You may receive some communication error messages if you are using a "PORT REPLICATOR CABLE"( USB TO PARALLEL connector). The error message that you have received is related to the communication error. Futher, if you use same USB- Parallel cable for long time the Printer Hardware functionality might go bad, since Printer memory gets confused and will not read or detect the Cable , since it is not a cable to use mentioned by Panasonic Manufacturer.
Let me tell you, general functionality of Printer like Printing would work even if you use USB-Parallel cable. But it is not a case with Scanner and Fax functionality.
Hence, I recommend you to use only Parallel cable to connect your Printer to the Laptops.
I hope that this will resolve the issue for you.
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