Parallel-port Zip drive via USB?

May 11, 2006 at 04:46:17
Specs: WinXP SP2, Intel Celeron 1.4GHz/512M

My old parallel-port zip drive moved without trouble from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 and then to WinXP (on my old computer with a parallel port). But my new laptop has no legacy parallel/serial sockets, only USB2 and firewire. I purchased a USB to parallel 25-pin D female cable. This works fine with an old parallel-port printer, but I have not managed to get it working with the parallel port Zip drive (the USB connection is 'ding-dong' recognized, but no new drives appear in My Computer).

Has anyone succeeded in making this work? Or am I attempting the impossible?

Thanks.

bluebridge


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May 11, 2006 at 06:24:41

..am I attempting the impossible? Hold the horse .. try...

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At this site I guess you will find more help among those who cannot do without Iomega products


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May 11, 2006 at 07:33:26

Well, I can tell you that I've used a USB-to-serial cable in the past to test legacy hardware, and the results were hit and miss. Some things worked fine. Others devices didn't--and as I discovered by searching the web, they did not adhere to the serial protocol.

So if the Iomega drive follows to the parallel port protocols, it might work. Otherwise, probably not.


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