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What kind of cable is needed to connect a Fargo DTC 520 to a computer?

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The cable you need for that printer is a Parallel IEEE1284 Compatible Bi-directional printer cable. It is the regular printer cable everyone used before all the printers went USB. If you dont have a parallel port on your computer, the link below is to USB Parallel adapters that you should be able to use with this printer.

USB Parallel Adapters from Tigerdirect.com


I hope this answers your question. Have a great day!

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It's called centronics or parallel printer cable:

You can purchase one from: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-PRO-Centronics-IEEE-1284-thumbscrews/dp/B000H5UXVO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1302103566&sr=8-5

I hope this helps

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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