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Samsung ML-4500 with IEEE 1284 to usb cable not working

I have winXP Pro and a Samsung ML-4500 connected using an IEEE 1284 to usb cable. I try to print a test page and it acts like it's working, but nothing prints and I get a printer error. If I cancel the print and try to print again in just hangs until I recieve an error. If I restart my computer and try to print again it acts like it's working, but still no page.

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  • camboia May 16, 2008

    Terry,



    It's a brand new Belkin cable that didn't come with any drivers. The printer is listed with a yellow question mark as Other devices. I installed the printer through auto detect and manual selecting LPT2 and also usb. I'm using IEEE 1284 to usb because my Dell Inspiron 530 didn't come with a printer port and the printer doesn't support usb directly.



    Thanks,



    dan

  • camboia May 17, 2008

    Terry,



    Thanks for you help it pointed me in the right direction, which was sytematically troubleshoot the problem. I took the Belkin usb hub out of the eqaution and connected the printer directly to a usb port on the front of the compter. This allows me to print, but XP still doesn't recongnize the printer hardware after I restart. It's working for now.



    Dan

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Windows XP/VISTA (do not install the CD)
1) Plug the cable into the USB port on your computer.
2) A prompt that says "Found New Hardware" will appear. Windows will then install the USB printing support driver automatically. You do not need to install the driver from the CD.
3) Plug the cable into the printer.
4) If your printer is already installed, click on Start, then Printers & Faxes. Right click on the printer you are connecting to and click on Properties. Click on the Ports tab and check the ‘Virtual printer port for USB’ port. Click OK.
5) You should now be able to print.

With XP, the biggest clue is to FIRST plug the cable into the usb slot, THEN the other end of the cable into the printer.

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After months of horror, buying and returning adapters, I think I've found the solution for laptop users wanting to use their ML-4500. Samsung ML-4500 printer requires that the port be a LPT1 port. This old, but reliable printer, will not work with any USB adapter even if it's an express card USB adapter. Purchase the StarTech EC1PECPS Paralle Port ExpressCard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839158026 This express card converts to show an LPT1 port and not a USB port... which is what the Samsung ML-4500 requires in order to work.

Make sure you buy the correct expresscard. I had to return and keep on researching until a customer service guy at StarTech figured out what I needed. Newegg was great about letting me return the expresscard and getting the correct one.

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G'day,
a couple of quick things to check first,
the usb to IEEE1284 cable should have had some drivers, if it is installed properly it should appear in the device manager under ports (com & lpt), make sure all is ok here first.
next when you installed the printer did it auto detect or did you select the port it was installed on, i think the cable will appear in ports (in device manager) as LPT2, if your printer is on LPT1 it wont work.
Lastly, is there any reason you are using usb to IEEE1284 instead of direct to parallel port or usb

please let me know what you find

Terry

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