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Re: officejet G85 printer
If you previously were using a parallel connection for the G85 you will need a USB cable.
If your laptop is running Vista the G85 will work as a printer, I do not think there is a scanner driver for Vista for the G85. The G85 print driver is built into VIsta, you only need to turn on the printer and install the USB to have the printer automatically installed.
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You will have to replace the main board in order to get a new USB connection. Have you tried using the parallel connection. Looks like a regular parallel connection but smaller. It takes a special cable that was originally sold with the printer. We have those cables for $15 if needed. The USB cable may be out but the parallel connection may work fine.
your printer the g85 on the backyou will see below yhr bar codes where the power cord is four connections. looking at it from the back facing you on the far right is the power cord next to the power cord is the cord from the top lid second from the left i dont use this but i think it is the serial connection and far left connection is the usb cable the usb is the best on to use the two phone lines on what i call the leg or base far left remmber they need a special phone cord most cords only have two wires hooked up this on needs all four or it just want work right.hoop this helps
i have a g85xi my self and you will need to use a cable to connect from the g85 to your usb port on the dell i have a hp wich is basicly the same one end of the cable be square and the other end is a usb end
ok how is the computer hook to printer ,
(usb? or serial cord) ?
what operating system are you using
and what software are you using for print drivers
let me know and i can help you in greater detail but here is a link to hp for your printer
i hope this is somewhat helpful
feel free to reply back if you cant get it working im shure i can help
richard from chicago