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HP Laserjet 3100 all in one USB driver / cable

My trusty HP 3100 will not connect to new XP systems via a USB to Parallel Bi-Directional Cable. I have loaded the latest BIOS / drivers etc via an old PC.

When connecting via USB XP does start the hardware wizard and recognise the HP 3100. However no priniting is possible, I have tried every combination of printer ports e.g. USB, LPT2 etc with no joy

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Re: HP Laserjet 3100 all in one USB driver / cable


Follow the link and get the correct driver and get installed

Also try with another USB cable, If you are using a long cable, just try with a short one.

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