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Connecting my HP ScanJet 5200C scanner to my HP Pavilion Home pc

To connect this scanner with my PC, apparently, according to HP, I have to chain scanner and printer off same parallel port. If so, what part number do I need---or is there a simpler way to accomplish this connection without chainning the printer and the scanner?

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  • Rookssailor Apr 02, 2008

    Thanks, HaMAR,

    This is an old problem, and I have not really needed a scanner---but now I do---and the darn thing needs a special fitting to install. Back 4 years ago when I set out to install this first, I remember a tecky at Best Buy telling me he thought I could install it using a USB hookup. I'm game to try it. I would need a different cable, wouldn't I.? Where would the cable FROM the scanner be connected?---and what cable should I buy? Sure appreciate your help on this, HaMAR.


  • larrybrown Apr 30, 2009

    I have an older HP 5200 scanner. I have the usb cable but dont have the original multi prong cable( sorry I dont know my tech jargon)
    The software while downloading tells me I cant use the USB cable.
    I cant find any information on where to get the multiprong . Does anyone have an idea on how to obtain this thing.



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I don't think you can (successfully) run this scanner off the paralell port. I'm drawing on memory here but I think this scanner has serial and usb ports. If you are running Windows XP, use the USB hookup. If you are running Windows 95, 98, Milliniaum then you might want to use the serial port. At any rate the scanner software should be installed before you plugin the scanner.

If I'm completely "full of it" and you really want to use a Paralell connection then you might want to use a paralell to USB adaptor (Belkin, perhaps others make one of these).


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