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Connection plug from printer into laptop

My old HP Laserjet 5P printer is still working brilliantly but the connection plug it has only fits the old desktop computer rather than my laptop. What do a i need to plug into a laptop USB socket?

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  • nordicman Nov 17, 2008

    I had the same problem: connecting my old HP Laserjet 5P to a new Macbook. I'm wondering whether the solution suggested here back in January of '08 (a Sabrent 6-Foot USB 2.0 to Parallel Printer Adapter Cable) actually worked. I picked up an adapter cable at a local store (maybe not the same one recommended at this site) and found that the parallel connection on the end of the 5P's printer cable wouldn't connect (they weren't the same widths across). The store I was at said HP sometimes used propietary equipment that didn't work with standardized products. FYI - the cable coming out of my HP 5P is hard wired into the printer and had a parallel connection on the end of the cable that was connected to my old PC. So, I do need an adapter cable for connecting to the USB port on my new laptop but it appears the old HP 5P's parallel connector was not a standard size. Do you know if the adapter cable recommended earlier at this site actually will fit the parallel end coming out of the 5P? Thanks much! - Jim

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here's what you need , This is the best solution to converts USB signal to parallel port signals

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