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Is There a parallel to Serial convertor, or a parallel to USB comvertor to let me use my old Parallel Port HP printer

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Yes there is a parallel convetor. hope you do find one to buy soon. good luck

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Have two computers to connect to a printer. One computer uses a serial the other a parallel port. The printer has only one usb port. Is there a dual cable or adapter available to make the transition?


You won't find a cable or adapter that will allow both computers to connect simultaneously to the printer. This is because the printers would interfere with each other's signals. That said, adapters are available, but not cheap. Again, the problem is the language that each type of connector uses is different. On top of that, chances are that the printer software would not allow you to select a serial port output on the printer knowing it does not support serial port interface. Same issue with the parallel port. You apparently are using very old computers if all you have is serial or parallel port outputs. You may be able to get a USB card to install in the computer(s) to provide you with a USB interface. This would be cheaper than attempting to get a pair of adapter cables and more likely to work better as well. Often the adapter cables don't work right and will cause slow printing. Also, you CAN get a switching box that can connect two USB computer ports to a single printer.

Jan 30, 2016 | HP Office Equipment & Supplies

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I have an old serial printer that works fine, I can not connect it to my new computer via a parallel to usb cable convertor on windows 7!


Hi craig931, First try downloading the latest driver of your printer and your usb converter compatible for windows 7. Second Checked your device manager if your printer and usb to parallel driver properly installed, it should be there. If not yet installed try using different usb port one at a time until the cable have been detected. Third if you see already the printer port force to change it to USB001 or Com1, then try to print. regards,

Sep 26, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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I bought a new HP computer and it didnt have a serial port included in it. I purchased a secondary PCI Express card that gave me two serial ports. They are programmed in as com port 1 &2. They show...


Serial connection eh? Any reason you went with serial instead of parallel? The cards likely sell for about the same price or you could just buy a USB to parallel cable that would allow you to hook up a USB port of your computer to the parallel port on the printer.

The reason that it looks like the job disappears is likely due to the fact that the serial bus is not supporting bidirectional printing so the printer cannot acknowledge that it has received the job.

Apr 19, 2011 | HP LaserJet 5 Printer

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12 year old notebook - need to connect a printer


Yes you can use any Printer

use it through Parallel port....
you get the converter cable for USB to Parallel port

printers don't need high config....
regards

Apr 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Bought the HP750C/Plus from work (it worked fine)


Can be tricky... DO NOT use a USB/parallel convertor. Either use USB only or parallel only to connect to your computer. I would NOT attemp to use a USB/serial convertor either.

If your computer does not have a parallel then best plan is to get an old PC with parallel connector and transfer data to it to be sent to the Designjet.

Apr 02, 2010 | HP DesignJet 750c plus InkJet Printer

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I have HP Laserjet 4000 PCL6 printer with parallel port only. I purchased a parallel to USB cable to try and get it to work, but there seems to be no way to get it to print. There is no option for setting...


Many USB to Parallel, and USB to Serial adapters/cables just don't work well, due to the processing 'overhead' in the software of the drivers for these devices.

The parallel (or serial) device at the end of the cable just doesn't 'see' responses quick enough, so asumes it not to be connected to anything.

Network adapters are plentiful and cheap for these printers. Perhaps this is the solution.

Mar 18, 2010 | HP LaserJet 4000 Printer

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How to get Panasonic KX-P2123 printer to work with USB port


Cables are available from a number of sources which will convert from a USB plug for your computer to a serial or parallel connector for your printer. (I don't remember for sure whether that Panasonic is serial or parallel. I think it's a parallel printer and uses a Centronics connector.) Do a search for "centronics to USB" or "serial to USB" and you will find links to a number of sources.

Mar 25, 2009 | Panasonic Computers & Internet

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HP Laser Jet 1320n series


The HP LaserJet 1320 has a USB port and a Parallel port.

The HP LaserJet 1320n has a USB port and an Ethernet port.

USB-to-Parallel converter cables, like this one, are designed to attach a parallel device to a computer's USB port.

But you need to do the opposite (attach a USB device to a computer's parallel port). A USB-to-Parallel converter cable will not do this.

Feb 29, 2008 | HP LaserJet 1320n Printer

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HP1100


I am currently using this print server with the HP Laserjet 1100 on the parallel port and it works flawlessly.

Jan 15, 2008 | D-Link DP-G321 Print Server

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