Solved Anyone tried a USB to parallel cable for old scanners?

October 12, 2014 at 14:13:56
Specs: Vista sp2, Intel Duocore / 2gb
I am going to try a TRENDnet USB 1.1 to Parallel 1284 Converter, TU-P1284 (cable) to connect the HP Scanjet 5100C to a newer Vista PC. A reviewer on Amazon said this worked on Vista and Windows 7 (maybe because the 1.1 spec is so old?). Some other brands were reported as NOT working.

I will try this solution out and report back here on the outcome. Also, I just found a used Cannon USB powered scanner for 35$ for my XP PC, and it works fine. This may be an option for all you out there if all else fails. I just hate to trash a fine scanner like the HP.

Anyone out there tried this yet?


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October 17, 2014 at 13:53:29
Thank you for update - useful info to have for future reference...


#1
October 13, 2014 at 04:08:00
If converter cable doesn't work you can instead try installing a parallel-port PCI card inside your PC, that's probably more likely to work than the converter cable method.

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October 13, 2014 at 06:12:34
Thank you for the excellent suggestion. The PC is one of those tiny HP workstations- has one (PCI?) slot open- looks like maybe a half height slot in back. No biggie. Still waiting for the adapter cable, will test and report. Thanks again, I didn't even think about a card.

One way or another I want to save the HP 5100c scanner (and old DeskJet). They both still have great quality output. Cards and cables are a cheap enough solution to save good equipment.


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#3
October 13, 2014 at 06:26:17
There is a huge stack of "olde" kit about "out there - Skully" that is perfectly serviceable/useable; and all it needs is the correct adapter or card so as to continue using it - even with more current OS/software and kit.

A market of sorts for for proper adapters and whatever to be pursued by those so inclined...?


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October 17, 2014 at 13:32:51
ALL - THE CABLE WORKED! Plugged in the USB end to VISTA, it found the driver and installed the software. Test page OK. NOTE- this is a 1.1 USB cable adapter - see model# on my first post here.

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October 17, 2014 at 13:39:19
SOLVED - TRENDnet USB 1.1 to Parallel 1284 Converter, TU-P1284 (cable) worked fine on the old HP Deskjet 5550. Now I need an adapter for the scanner pass-thru. Will try same company, should work. All- be sure your new adapter cable is 1.1 USB compliant, not 2.0 USB. -Peter

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October 17, 2014 at 13:53:29
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Thank you for update - useful info to have for future reference...

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