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#1 MacBett

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:40 PM

I'm running Windows XP on a Sony Vaio notebook, and about 4 times a year I need to produce a few (physically) large documents. A3 printers are expensive and I wouldn't use one enough to warrant buying, so when I was given an elderly Citizen Swift 24x I thought that would solve things nicely, since my printouts are for my personal use only and not for public consumption, so print quality and speed aren't really an issue. The Swift has the old fashioned parallel cable; the Vaio has USB only. I know the printer's usable because I've made it go from the pc, which will still take the big cable; then I tried with a usb to IEEEE1284 36 parallel cable. Didn't work. Nice man at Citizen says 'The Swift 24x has a standard Parallel port not an IEEE1284 that many of the later printers have. However a normal USB to Parallel should work'.

Which is fine, but I'm not well up in the jargon, and having already paid for a cable I can't use, I don't particularly want another one. I've been to half a dozen websites and there are loads of places I can get cables, but can somebody tell me what exactly I should look for to get the older model, not IEEEE1284? What are the specific terms I need?

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 03:33 PM

Check this out:

http://sewelldirect.com/usbtoparallel.asp

I think this should do the job for you.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 03:53 PM

Thanks but I don't think so - the end isn't right. The one I bought was this, and the end fitted - but (if I've understood it right) Windows found and recognised the cable but the cable didn't find the printer. Which I don't quite understand because frankly I thought a cable was a cable and provided I could fit one end in my computer and the other in my printer, it should go, but I gather this isn't so. I think what I want to know is, what's it called if it isn't IEEE1284? (I'm in the UK, if that makes any difference.)

But thanks for the interest!

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 04:29 PM

I think I'd just change the settings in the BIOS for the parallel port (to the slowest speed) and see what happens.

I would think that the cable is still only a cable, with the parallel port speed being the variable that can be/should be adjusted.

Standard s/b the slowest (it's the oldest) with EPP and ECP being the more recent speeds.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:09 PM

Thanks but I don't think so - the end isn't right. The one I bought was this, and the end fitted - but (if I've understood it right) Windows found and recognised the cable but the cable didn't find the printer. Which I don't quite understand because frankly I thought a cable was a cable and provided I could fit one end in my computer and the other in my printer, it should go, but I gather this isn't so. I think what I want to know is, what's it called if it isn't IEEE1284? (I'm in the UK, if that makes any difference.)

But thanks for the interest!

MB

His selection was the same as yours, just hard to see. You can tell it's correct by the ears on the side of the plug that the wire clips on the printer hook to to secure the connection. Are you using a USB hub or can you try a different USB port? I don't quite what you mean what you said "Windows found and recognised the cable but the cable didn't find the printer."
Windows won't recognize a cable, just the device it's plugged into
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:48 PM

Well, again, that's what I thought, but when I got the thing and read the instructions, it said to plug the cable in without attaching it to the printer, and when I did, I got the standard balloons: found new hardware, your new hardware is a... (in this case it was a USB printing support), new hardware ready to use. And the cable itself came with a disk containing drivers for anything earlier than XP. So XP knew the cable was there. And why say the cable is plug and play, or provide drivers for it, if the cable is only a cable and it's the device at the other end which is being recognised? But I attached the other end to the printer - nothing. Did the obvious stuff: printer is turned on, printer says it's on line, make sure I'd chosen the right printer in the application. Nothing. And looking at that link (sorry, Rigacci, when I looked before I ended up somehow at the one with the smaller head, not sure how), it mentions inkjet and laser printers but it doesn't mention dot matrix. Because it won't support them? Just not mentioned because nobody has one any more? Presumably it matters - the one I bought has a list of compatible printers - and if a cable were only a cable, then how could it have, because the question would surely be whether XP recognised your printer, not whether or not the cable did.

Didn't make any difference which USB port I used. Every time I got 'USB printing support ready to use' and no document getting as far as the printer. If I use the printer with its original steam driven cable off the pc, it prints. USB, it doesn't. So I deduce that's the wrong cable.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:32 PM

I haven't looked up your printer yet. I seem to remember back in the 90's, different parallel and series connections had to end with a termination cap. If the printer's that old it might be a possibility, but I'm probably blowing smoke
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:36 PM

I'd have to suggest Radio Shack. You can buy it and take it home. If it doesn't work, you can take it back and try another one. You can keep that up until you find one that works - or until they run out of adaptors! :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:51 PM

I'd have to suggest Radio Shack. You can buy it and take it home. If it doesn't work, you can take it back and try another one. You can keep that up until you find one that works - or until they run out of adaptors! :thumbsup:

That would be Tandy in the UK, but I think they sold out
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:58 PM

I don't think it will work
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