Cannot connect Printer

Hewlett-packard LAPTOP
January 15, 2009 at 09:09:42
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb
I have a laserjet 4mv printer, this isa postscript printer, running ok connected to a Desktop machine runnng XP. The cable connection is a centronics type connection. I am trying to connect this printer to my laptop. I have bought a centronics to usb cable. When I connect the printer to my laptop it says it recognises new harware as a usb hub, and not a printer. If i try and add as a new printer it goes through the wizard ok, but gives a fatal error when printer. Has anyone any ideas why the printer isn't recognised when i connect it to a usb port,and perhaps why adding the printer gives an error. many thank

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#1
January 15, 2009 at 10:24:00
Are you connecting the adapter cable directly to the printer or to a parallel cable, making things longer? Is there an On/Off switch on the printer?

Sounds like the laptop is identifying the cable and not the printer at all.

I'm not familiar with that type of cable. Did it come with a driver disk, by chance?


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#2
January 15, 2009 at 10:37:13
Did you install the drivers before trying to connect it to the laptop? If you're on a local network, you could share the printer so that you can print from the laptop.

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#3
January 15, 2009 at 10:58:44
I already access the printer by sharing on the network and works fine, Need to able to access when Desktop machine isnt on. The drivers are part of XP as the machine is basically pre-XP, but still works fine. The centronics cable is just a different type of parallel cable at he printer end. Yes I agree laptop is recognising the cable and not the printer , the question is why?

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#4
January 15, 2009 at 13:45:46
You didn't answer about the configuration of the USB adapter cable. Are you using both the Centronix cable and a USB cable that connects to the Centronix cable?

The reason I ask that is because the excessive length may be the problem.


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#5
January 15, 2009 at 15:05:15
No, the casble has a usb adaptor at one end and a centronics adaptor at the other.about 2m in length

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#6
January 15, 2009 at 15:22:45
Then try installing the printer drivers first, as Jennifer indicated. Then connect the printer. Because you are using an adapter from a parallel connection I would suggest connecting while powered down and then boot to Windows.

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