USB-to-Parallel adapter installation problem

June 26, 2009 at 22:01:24
Specs: Windows XP, Intel(R) T2300 / 1.00GB
Hi,

I am trying to get my HP Pavilion DV8000 laptop, running Windows XP SP3, which uses USB interfaces only, to work with my old HP OfficeJet R80xi, which features a Centronics interface. To make that happen, I have purchased the Koutech IO-UP111 USB-to-Parallel Port Adapter.

When the printer/adapter combo gets plugged into the USB port on my laptop, I get the "Found new hardware" message, which properly identifies my printer as "HEWLETT-PACKARDOFFICEJET R80XI", and invokes the "Found New Hardware Wizard".

In the Wizard window, when I go for the "Install the software automatically" option, it comes back with a message "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software".

Alternately, when I go back to the previous screen and instead choose the "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" option, and then -- on the page that follows -- select the "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install" option, it leads me to a page where I can select the hardware type (Printers), and -- on the next page -- to the printer manufacturer (HP) and printer model (HP OfficeJet R80xi).

When, at that point, I proceed to install the driver, I get an "Update Driver Warning" message that reads:
"Installing this device driver is not recommended because Windows cannot verify that it is compatible with your hardware. If the driver is not compatible, your hardware will not work correctly and your computer might become unstable or stop working completely. Do you want to continue installing this driver?"

When I click on the "Yes" button, it completes installing the driver, but immediately comes back with a message "A problem occurred when installing your new hardware. It may not work properly."

Indeed, the test page would not print, thus rendering the Koutech USB-to-Parallel Port adapter useless.

Can anyone help, please?

Thanks in advance.
Adam


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#1
June 26, 2009 at 22:09:10
Try downloading the drivers from the HP site, then installing them with the provided installer. Then plug in the printer.

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June 26, 2009 at 23:13:47
RTAdams89 -- Thank you for your exceptionally quick reply,
I appreciate that very much.

I did refer to the HP website prior to posting my question. However, they do not offer any downloadable drivers for this particular printer model, but rather recommend that one install the print drivers built into Windows XP instead (see: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

And I do know for a fact that the driver provided with Windows XP is otherwise working fine, as I have recently re-installed it on a desktop computer that also interfaces to that very printer. The only difference is that the desktop computer has a parallel interface of its own, so there is no need for such an exotic adapter as the Koutech IO-UP111.

Thanks again.
Adam


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#3
June 26, 2009 at 23:43:09
Should have known HP would say that. Try installing the Windows 2000 drivers for that model: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

I don't have much experience with the USB -> Parallel adapters, but with my experience with USB -> Serial adapters, I know some products are picky about the adapter you use. I was programming my home alarm system once and went through three (seemingly identical) adapters before finding one that worked. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but...

If all else fails and you have a home network setup (you have a router) maybe look into getting a cheap print server. Several years ago when I was in the market for one, I saw some for as cheap as $25 on sale. This would almost certainly work, and would have the added benefit of allowing you to print from multiple computers.

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June 26, 2009 at 23:46:58
Oh, try installing the adapter software from the manufactures site: http://www.koutech.com/downloads.asp

Even though Windows usually detects and installs these things automatically, it's possible the manufacturer's drivers have some special setting or include configuration software that is not included with the Windows default drivers.

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