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HP Laser Jet 4 Plus to iBook G4 serial to usb

I have an HP LaserJet 4 Plus printer. It has a serial and parallel port. I purchased a serial to usb cable in order to connect the printer to my iBook G4. I installed the software that came with the cable. I downloaded and installed a HP LaserJet 4 Plus driver for OSX for my computer. When I go through Printer Setup Utility and select USB to identify the printer, which is on and connected to the computer, the printer is not on the list.
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Serial to usb is not plug and play so i don't believe this configuration will ever work.
parrallel to usb is plug and play 90% of the time.
purchasing and installing a port replicator is a 100% fix as long as the formatter on the printer is working properly. good luck!

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