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#1 jimbir

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

This is going to be a multipart question.
I have an HP DesignJet 330 plotter. It has a centronics parallel port for communication with a computer. I'm hoping to be able to connect it to a laptop running Windows 7 home premium with only USB ports available. I can obtain a USB to parallel cable.

What do you think my chances are to get this to work successfully?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 04:26 PM

You can get a USB to centronics or a USB to parallel. I have never used one so I can't say it will work but there are reviews out there.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-USB-2-0-to-IEEE-1284-36-Pin-Parallel-Printer-Connector-Adapter-Cord-Cable-/121949015023?

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Pin-IEEE-1284-Parallel-Port-D-Sub-Connector-to-USB-2-0-Printer-Adapter-Cable-/252558909756?

 

The big question is does the printer have drivers for Windows 7.



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Posted 23 March 2018 - 06:41 PM

I'm not a big  fan of any adapter, they are generally a universal type and does not work in all applications.  Look into a plug in card to support a parallel port.  When it appears there is no driver for the port, use the windows7 to search for one or try their generic one.



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 04:11 AM

I have a USB to parallel adaptor cable that worked on Windows 7 & is now working with Windows 10. It is an unbranded eBay cheapie. I use it with an old HP LaserJet4L. Windows has always found it's own drivers for both the cable and the printer. The only catch is that I have found you need to install the adaptor cable first & let Windows set up the driver, then disconnect the cable & connect the printer to it followed by re-connecting the cable to the computer - at which point Windows will be able to install a printer driver.

 

The latest DesignJet 330 drivers appear to be for Windows XP. Whether these work with Windows 7 will probably need to be determined by experimentation (unless you can find someone already using them)..


Edited by rqt, 24 March 2018 - 04:18 AM.


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 08:22 AM

from a previous post:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/264693/outdated-hp-plotter-networked-to-use-on-7/



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 09:47 AM

You might be better of to use and older desktop/laptop computer with Windows XP just to run that printer






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