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Unable to use HP Laserjet 6P through USB-2-Parallel cable

By shireesh.groups ·
I have a perfectly fine HP LaserJet 6P printer. I recently bought a new HP laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. The laptop only has USB ports where as the printer only Parallel. I have connected the printer to the laptop using a USB to Parallel converter cable and installed printer driver that comes with Vista for 6P printer. But on firing a test page print, nothing happens. I can see the print task in the printer queue but the printer does not respond. What could be the problem and is there a workaround?

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I might try..

by bart777 In reply to Unable to use HP Laserjet ...

Using a print server device. Ussually their pretty cheap and will allow you to connect either via usb or network.

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Conrtact HP

by mjd420nova In reply to Unable to use HP Laserjet ...

I would try and see if HP has an updated driver for the VISTA OS. Otherwise the above answer would or should allow use. I use a router with a parellel port to support my old parellel printer. This then gives everyone on the network access to the printer too.

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LPT1, LPT2, etc......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Unable to use HP Laserjet ...

Look at the printer and see if it is set to the LPT1 port, then look at the adapter and see if it has set itself up as LPT2. The printer must be using the correct port to find communication.

However, not all devices, especially OLD printers, are capable of communicating through a USB adapter. Some of them depend on IRQ's/DMA's and other settings which don't necessarily get assigned to the USB adapter. Read the specifications required for that printer to see if it NEEDS something the adapter is not providing.

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Same problem

by dnewell943 In reply to LPT1, LPT2, etc......

I was trying to use a Belkin F5U002v parallel printer adapter and had the same problem. I called Belkin and was informed that they do not have a product that will support the Vista operating system at this time. If anyone knows of one that does support Vista please let me know.

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As Thumbs mentioned

by w2ktechman In reply to Same problem

parallel to USB sometimes works well, other times it doesnt work. I have run into several printer types that I just couldnt get working with it.

As Bart mentioned, for these instances, a Print Server should work just fine. I prefer IP based myself.

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