|I'm very familiar with the BJ-2xx and the BJC-2xx series. They're extremely reliable, and at least the black ink for them is easily available. Bulk ink for them is cheap, the black cartridges are easy to fill, and I've filled them as many as a dozen times before the cartridge failed. |
The same applies for the BJC-4xxx series.
I still use my BJC-4400 occasionally, that I bought near the end of 1999, with black ink.
I've bought maybe 5 black cartridges for it, they've been refilled a total of about 40 times.
"So I connected my printer using a USB cable adapted to connect to a parallel cable."
It must be a USB to parallel port adapter meant for use with printers and have circuitry between the ends.
If that isn't what you have,
- if this is s desktop computer, the BJC-240 will work fine, if you have a spare PCI slot, if you use it with a PCI parallel port card, which are still available on the web if not locally, and may be cheaper than a USB to parallel port adapter. However, don't install it in the last PCI slot on the end closest to the center of the mboard - that slot usually shares it's IRQ with the video and you're likely to have problems with any card except a video card when it's in that slot.
- if this is a laptop or netbook computer, you can probably buy an ExpressCard parallel port adapter on the web, if it has an ExpressCard slot.
If that IS what you have, or in any case....
Printers that were originally designed to be parallel port connected, only, ARE NOT Plug-n-Play detectable by Windows.
However, Windows 7 64 bit probably has the drivers for the BJC-240 built into it - you must manually load them.
Control Panel - display as Large icons or Small icons - Printers
RIGHT click on a blank part of the Printers window, choose Add Printer.
- Local Printer if it's connected to the same computer
- USB001 (Virtual Printer Port USB) if you're using the USB to parallel port adapter with circuitry between the ends
- Canon - Bubble-Jet BJC-240
- If it's your only printer, select Set as default printer, etc.
If it isn't your only physical printer, and another physical printer choice is the default printer (has a large green check mark on it) you need to select which printer to print with when you want to print with the Canon BJC-240 and select that model, before you print .
NOTE that you don't always get the pop up window before you print for choosing a printer when you select print in some programs - they use the Default printer.
Note that I have Microsoft XPS Document Writer listed as a printer in Printers - it's a virtual printer. If you have that too, or if there's another virtual priinter listed, if the BJC-240 is your only physical printer, the BJC-240 MUST be the Default printer. If it does not have the large green check mark on it, RIGHT click on the BJC-240's icon and choose Set as default.
If that doesn't help, what is the make and model of this USB to parallel port adapter meant for use with printers that has circuitry between the ends ?