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#1 MarttiL


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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:44 AM


Have just bought a new computer and have problem with a printer.
The problem is that the printer's connecting cable does not fit in
any of the ports (connectors) in the computer.
This is an old printer with a serial ( I think) connector about
2 inches wide.
So what to do - I hope there is an adapter of some sort available,
really do not want to buy a new printer only for that.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 05:32 AM

You need a usb to serial adaptor such as this :- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/ca...c.asp?CatId=464

Don't know what country you are in but these adaptors are very common and easily obtained.

More importantly, can you find drivers for the old printer ?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 05:33 AM

You can try using a serial to USB connector, you can find one by Googling.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:47 AM

It's a "Parallel", not serial.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/ca...c.asp?CatId=471 to list a few.

EDIT: These adapters/cables don't always work 100%. Sometimes there are problems with "Virtual Com Ports" and other setup issues. Worst case, you might be in for some work to get it set up correctly.

Edited by dpunisher, 09 February 2009 - 07:50 AM.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:30 PM

Just bought a new computer means you have Vista
You might not find a driver to work with the old parallel printer
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:40 AM

Just about any computer that you buy today comes with one or more Universal Serial Bus connectors on the back. These USB connectors let you attach everything from mice to printers to your computer quickly and easily. The operating system supports USB as well, so the installation of the device drivers is quick and easy, too. Compared to other ways of connecting devices to your computer (including parallel ports, serial ports and special cards that you install inside the computer's case), USB devices are incredibly simple!

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