Non usb printer to usb input cable needed

January 7, 2011 at 12:38:20
Specs: Windows Vista
I Have an Okidata microline 192 with a centronics 36 male output connection. My current computer
is a Compaq SR5610F with 32 bit Vista. I need a cable that will adapt the okidata printer for use
with the above computer. The printer still works well, I would hate to junk it...

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#1
January 7, 2011 at 14:42:53
They make usb to parallel adapters. They may or may not work. My guess is a good usb to parallel would work.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
January 7, 2011 at 17:07:07
You can buy a USB to parallel printer port adapter - they have circuitry between the end connectors.
There are two types - one has a male centronics connector on one end - the other type has a 25 pin female serial port on one end that can be used with a regular centronics male to 25 pin male parallel printer cable.
E.g.
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/P...

The USB port you plug into must be able to supply enough current for the device, such as a USB port on the back of a desktop case - it may not work properly if the USB port is in a USB hub that connects to only one USB port directly attached to the mboard, such as a USB port on the back of a desktop case.

However, if your device is a combo printer / scanner / whatever, all the one's I've examined the specs of will only support the printer, not the other device(s).

"compaq sr6510f"

Compaq Presario SR5610F Desktop PC

If you have a spare PCI slot , you could buy a PCI parallel port card and connect a regular centronics male to 25 pin male parallel printer cable to that.
E.g.
http://sewelldirect.com/ParallelPCI...

If your device is a combo printer / scanner / whatever , a PCI parallel port card will support all it's functions.

However, don't install it the last PCI slot of the PCI slots closest to the center of the mboard - that slot shares it's IRQ with the video and you're likely to have problems with any PCI card in that slot, unless it's a PCI video card.

Windows has lots of printer drivers built into it, but your parallel connected printer is not Plug N Play detectable - you have to use Add Printer and select the printer brand and model manually.


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#3
January 8, 2011 at 02:26:12
Understand you wanting to retain the printer, as after around 25 years my ML192 Elite is still going strong.

Although expensive when purchased, it clearly has stood the test of time.

Has the original print head.

OKI ribbons are the best.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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