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Our church was given theis printer but there were no cables with it to connect to power or to connect with computer. What type Cables do we need to buy

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  • cindywain Nov 20, 2009

    It is an HP 4280 scanner-printer

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    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Hello, We will need to know the model number of the printer to supply a correct answer. Use the Comment link and let us know. Wayne

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Since you don't tell up what model of printer you have i must assume is an average printer using the usual cables:
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Make sure you install the necessary drivers (you will find them on the Downloads page of the manufacturer) before connecting the printer to the pc. 

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Hello and thank you for using Fixya's services.

You will need to purchase a printer USB cable (see link below). They come in various sizes depending on the location the printer will be from the computer. The smaller ones are the cheapest and I recommend them as the printer usually doesn't sit too far from the computer.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pinterusb

You will also need a power cord for the printer (if it wasn't included). You can write don the model number for the printer and check your local electronics store to see if they have a replacement. I also recommedn eBay for tis as you can find one for a really reasonable price.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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