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Vista will not print to HP Laserjet 5p

New computer arrived (Windows Vista Home Premium). No parallel port, so I purchased a cable to attach my HP Laserjet 5p to a USB port. Computer recognized and installed the printer. But nothing prints: no docs, no test page, nothing. HP website says that the driver is included in Vista; gives no other drivers to try.

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I purchased a Dynex USB to Parallel Converter Cable from Best Buy and tried to connect but had no success. I then sent an email to Dynex customer service and received a reply in about 24 hours. The rep provided spot on instructions which I was able to follow to a tee. My 14 year old HP Laserjet 5P is now ready to run until it blows up.

I spent hours searching web forums and only received overcomplicated replies by people who think they are techies, none of which worked. I am 63 years old and not a techie, so if I can do it, anyone can. I have saved the email and will forward this straightforward simple fix to anyone who needs it. My net cost was $36.00 for the cable.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

  • Raymond Oct 11, 2011

    Please send me the fix I'm having the same problem. Thanks

  • Randy Dec 03, 2013

    having the same difficulties with Win 7 and old panasonic oki printer, please send any advice you can

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