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HP ScanJet 3200 C and HP Deskjet 722C -- will they work with Vista? If yes, what adapter cable would I need?

Hi,
I just replaced my HP Pavilion running Windows XP with a Dell Vostro 200 Mini Tower running Vista.
I have an HP Deskjet 722C plugged into an HP ScanJet 3200C, which was plugged into the back of my HP tower.
To my surprise, there is no receptacle on the Dell Tower to receive the 25-pin plug from the scanner.
In trying to find an adapter cable that would allow me to plug the scanner into a USB port, I have found more questions than answers. Not only do the cables that I find seem to have compatibility issues with Vista, but there is a lot of discussion about whether my printer or scanner will even "work" with Vista.
The Vista seems to be the 32-bit version. I do still have the CDs that came with the printer and the scanner.

Before I spend money on cables that are useless, in order to connect hardware that will not be compatible, I would appreciate some "solid" answers by anyone with experience in trying to connect the above printer and/or scanner to a computer running Vista and, if this CAN be done, do I need to download new drivers, and which adapter cable would work?

Thanks to anyone who can help with this!

Fredel Fruhman

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  • bojoymatso Aug 09, 2008

    I do not have installation software for this scanner, can I download it and if so where.

  • Tony 256 Dec 25, 2008

    My problem is similar. How can I connect my HP 722C to my new computer running windows XP with only USB ports. (no parallel port)

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Hi!

First, drivers for this machine are no longer on the HP website, but are linked to the HP website via FTP at this site:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/utilities/hp-3200c.html

Click to "allow downloads" if your browser blocks the connection. I did test the link to make sure it was live.

As to Vista, I'm sad to say that my research indicates that these units will not work reliably on Vista, and that HP plans no new drivers for them. This is one of the biggest problems with Vista. In this case, you not only are dealing with printer port to USB cables (which can be made to work, though I don't think I would advise trying to "daisy chain" them (as you had them before) with adapter cables), but with no Vista drivers either. Some people have stated that they have gotten XP drivers to work, but this is, in my experience, a long shot and hit-or-miss proposition.

Given the low cost of new equipment and the fact that you already own the Vista PC, I'd advise you that the safest and least-likely-to-have-you-pulling-your-hair-out-solution is to buy replacement equipment.

Good luck and please let me know if this helps.

Bob

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