Solved how to connect old printer to laptop

March 21, 2018 at 16:55:50
Specs: Windows 7 pro
I have an old post script ledger printer that I woul like to hook to to a Dell laptop with a 15 pin connection and the printer has a 25 pin cord

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#1
March 21, 2018 at 17:04:23
how to connect postscript laser printer to laptop
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March 21, 2018 at 18:24:42
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"Dell laptop with a 15 pin connection and the printer has a 25 pin cord"

The 25-pin would be a parallel port connection. 15-pin port is probably for an external monitor, possibly a gameport. You will likely need a parallel to USB adapter. It would help to post make/model of both the laptop & printer.

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March 21, 2018 at 18:44:50
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/adap...

https://www.amazon.com/NEORTX-Paral...

Drivers for Win7 may (or may not) be an issue. If there's a driver within Windows (or you can locate software for the printer) then you "should" be good to go.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#4
March 22, 2018 at 04:47:06
Sometimes "older" printers will still have current drivers for an emulation mode; and that mode might be either an hp or an Epson.

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#5
March 29, 2018 at 03:46:55
Hi Roat,

be careful - you need to know whether the Printer has a Parallel or Serial interface.

Connecting wrongly can do much 'possibly irepairable' damage' to either or both devices.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#6
April 3, 2018 at 22:35:30
Hi roatansol, First we need to know if your PostScript ledger printer uses a "Serial" or a "Parallel" connection. Look at where the cable connects to the printer itself - disconnect the cable if need be to check. Does it have 25 little holes and thumbscrews you unscrew, or does it have two little wire ears you have to flick outwards to disconnect the cable?

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