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I bought a new laptop which has no parallel port and cannot use my BJC50 printer. Is there a way I can add external parallel port ? If not please explain in detail the files needed to enable my laptop to "recognize" my BJC50, and where/how do I obtain them. I am wheelchair bound and would really appreciate your help. Sincerely yours, Ronald Place rsplac43354@peoplepc.com MY laptop has an external Ir port.

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You just need to get a USB to Parallel converter where you can connect you printer and that way you will be able to print with it.
You can check this link to order online or you can simply go to a electronic store near you and buy it from them...
http://www.nextag.com/Innosys-Mini-Port-Replicator-55069968/prices-html

http://shopping.rediff.com/shop/productdisplay.jsp?Converter-from-USB-Port-to-Printer-Port,-Parallel-Port-for-Laptop-&-PC&prrfnbr=10191500

Hope that helps.........

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Dear Sir,

Your Printer Canon BJC50 has an IrDA Interface which means that you can connect the printer wirelessly to the PC over infrared.

Just buy a USB IrDA adapter that can be connected to the USB port of your laptop. Install the drivers on your PC & start printing. The canon website gives full support for BJC-50 where you can download the drivers & manuals, http://usa.canon.com

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You can purchase a parallel to usb adapter cable.

Here are some examples

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    I'm assuming since it is a new laptop that it has Windows Vista installed on it. The driver for your printer is pre installed in Windows Vista so Windows should automatically detect it.



    • Check the documentation from your computer
      manufacturer to ensure that the Infrared port is installed and
      configured correctly on your computer.



    • When
      the printer is turned on, place the printer so that its Infrared port
      is facing the port on the computer (no more than 3 feet away). An icon
      should appear in the lower right hand corner (near the clock) of the
      computer screen indicating that the computer and printer are
      communicating.

    If
    the printer driver is installed, click on Start, Settings and Printers.
    Click your right mouse button on the BJC-55 icon then click on
    Properties. Click on the Details tab. Select IR Local Port. If the selection is not
    listed, consult your computer documentation for proper configuration of
    your Infrared port.




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Hi-

Chances are you need to use an adapter from parallel to USB, this is actually not advisable and not supported by your printer manufacturer since this adapter is a third party device- it needs/either needs a driver for your laptop to work, and on the computer part you can contact your Laptop manufacturer if you can actually add a port on it.

one solution: if you have a Infrared on the laptop

This solution is applicable if the IrDA driver has been installed. Ensure that Infrared ports on the PC and printer are pointing directly at each other and that they are no more than three feet apart.
In the print to the following ports section within the properties of the printer driver, select the Infrared Serial (COM) Connections port.
Note: It will not work if you have the Infrared Parallel (LPT) connections port selected.
The PC's Infrared port may not support printing at high speeds. Go into the Infra Red driver and select the options tab. Tick the limit connection speed box and select the slowest speed. Turn the printer off and then back on. See if the connection is made.
In the same section as above, make sure the actual COM port that the PC's Infrared port is connected to, is displayed next to "Enable Infrared Communication On".

Pls keep me posted for other concerns and rate solution if it helps, thanks for using fixya!

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Yes yall will need to buy a usb external parallel port adapter from and computer place even ebay mite have some

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