Parrallel printer connected with USB no print

March 7, 2011 at 09:25:50
Specs: Windows XP
I connected a Brother laser parallel printer to my USB port using a converter cable (female) connected to the Parallel cable from the printer. I set up a Brother printer driver on the PC using the USB port. The printer test page comes out, but it is totally blank.

OS is Windows 7 home premium.

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March 7, 2011 at 10:11:06
Posting your Brother Printer specs and converter cable specs may help.

Blank page could be:

- Converter issue - what kind of Parallel <---> USB converter cable? A good one or a cheapo? The cheap ones sometimes don't work.

- (Win7) Driver issue. Check Brother site for new drivers.

- Printer issue, no/low toner, electronics issue, corona wire.

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March 7, 2011 at 10:22:59
Are you sure it has toner left in the cartridge ?

Have you tried re-seating the toner cartridge ?

Do you have the USB to printer port adapter plugged into a USB port it should work with properly ?

Troubleshooting USB device problems
See Response 1:

The most common reason a printer does not work properly other than there's a problem with the printer or it has a toner or ink cartridge problem is you DID NOT install the software for it properly.

You must use Add a Printer to install the software for a parallel connected printer because the printer itself is not PnP detectable.

Windows has many drivers for parallel connected printers built into it.
In that case, when you use Add a Printer, and if your Brother model is listed when you manually look at the list of printers, Windows will install the correct drivers.

If your model is NOT listed,
- sometimes you can pick a similar model and the drivers for that will work fine

- if that doesn't help, then you must get the proper software installation for your printer model, and install it properly.

DO NOT install drivers for a printer when Found New Hardware pops up, unless you find specific installation directions that say that's okay !.
Run the proper software installation program.

If the Brother site does not list Vista or Windows7 drivers, then
go here and type in the model:

Windows 7 Compatibility Center

If your model, or model series, is listed, then Windows 7 has the drivers built in, it's just a matter of choosing your model or model series or another model that works with the same drivers.

E.g.recently someone was looking for Windows 7 drivers for a Canon BJC-1200SP printer.The Canon site has no drivers listed for BJC- 1200SP - drivers for the BJC-1000 series work with it - no Vista or Windows 7 drivers listed.

The Windows 7 Compatibility Center lists drivers for the BJC-1000 (series), so they're built into Windows 7 .

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March 7, 2011 at 10:24:51
OS is WIN 7.....

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March 7, 2011 at 10:39:31
Brother HL-1230. The brother site seems to provide a printer driver uninstall tool in their driver link. "Printer Driver Uninstall Tool
This tool allows you to completely uninstall the Printer driver. We recommend you use this tool if you are replacing a driver that is already installed on your computer. "
The Printer was 100% ok until the old pc died recently. Got a cheepo converter cable and attached it to the existing parallel cable, to a new Win 7 pc. When I first tried, the usual one page test page created a flow of blank paper until the paper tray was empty (15 pages) did this several times. Tried from another existing (Windows 7) network computer that had no print issues in the past, and that got me down to the one blank page for the test page. The new computer (with the direct printer hookup)now also prints just the one blank page.
The parallel cable is not over 10 feet or 3 meters, and the new cheepo cable is like 1.5 meters.
If the cheepo cable is the issue, is it better to get the usb cable that goes directly to the printer?

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March 7, 2011 at 10:48:51
HL-1230 isn't Win7 32 or 64 bit compatible, see:

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March 7, 2011 at 10:51:47
"The Printer was 100% ok until the old pc died recently."

What made the old PC die ?

If it was a power supply frying the mboard while failing, or because of damage caused by a power failure event or a static electricity discharge, that can damage anything connected to the computer at the time including the printer.

Try connecting the printer to a computer that has a regular printer port.
If you're connecting it to a desktop computer buy yourself a PCI parallel port card, but don't install it in a PCI slot that shares it's IRQ with the video.

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March 7, 2011 at 11:18:46
Thanks for the reply on the 'HL-1230 isn't Win7 32 or 64 bit compatible'

In the past have had no issues with the HL-1230 printing on the network from a PC running Windows 7 Pro 64. The printer was connected through the old PC running Windows XP. (the old PC display went out, no signal output from the video card, and removed that and no video signal output from the onboard video, so not sure what's up with it)

In the past, why was the network Win 7 PC not having any compatility issues?

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March 7, 2011 at 11:36:28
There's a difference in b/w DIRECT printer connection and NETWORK printer connecton w/ printing.

I'd guess it was working THROUGH the XP PC, because the printer was attached DIRECTLY to the XP machine, then shared out. And Windows 7 was probably using a generic type of driver to print to it. This is nothing new for a new OS (hardware & driver support, or lack there of).

When you hook up unsupported hardware directly to Windows 7, there are issues. I'm not one to waste my time trying to get something to work on a new OS if the manufacturer (Microsoft) says it's not compatible. Others in here may want to try to do that, hey, they can knock themselves out.

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March 7, 2011 at 12:13:47
"(the old PC display went out, no signal output from the video card, and removed that and no video signal output from the onboard video, so not sure what's up with it)"

Assuming you did not change any components especially the ram, the most likely thing is...

Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
See response 4 in this:

If you can borrow a power supply from another working computer, try connecting that.

That one was the only one that had XP on it in your local network ?

If you can't get that working, if you no longer have a computer with XP on it, if you have a regular retail Microsoft XP CD, or a regular OEM Microsoft XP CD (has "For distribution with a new PC only."printed on it), that has the Microsoft holograms, you could set up a dual boot XP / whatever configuration on one computer in the network and connect the printer to that.

However, there are things you need to be made aware of when you're dual booting XP (or 2000) and Vista or Windows 7.

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March 7, 2011 at 12:48:34
Thanks for the good advice. That was the last of my XP working systems, but I may have another PS to test. I was using that printer because after spending a day with the software tech guy he finally told me his software was having issues with my newer multifunction laser printers. I'll check with the software vendor to see if they now support my other printers. Otherwise, seems like a new basic laser printer is probably the way to go.
Thanks again.

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March 7, 2011 at 15:28:19
Not all USB to parallel devices are the equal. Apparently the timing is slightly different, Get a paallel port card. I have one to a Brother. works on Win7, win XP, command prompt, Linux.

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March 8, 2011 at 12:51:47
If the test print page comes out from doing a print test page from windows then you know the printer and the adapter is working correctly. You have not selected the correct printer or default printer in your applications.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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March 8, 2011 at 12:54:42
Darn, I read that wrong.

See if you can emulate some printer like hp printer language with that printer if you can't find a good driver.

Also these usb deals are kind of quirky. Also some older printers needed special dos settings that are not easy to replicate.

Not sure how to test easily. I'd setup a virtual machine with xp to see if I could get the printer to work in xp then move up to vista or w7 drivers if exist.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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March 8, 2011 at 13:27:06

He can't use the printer in any case unless he has at least one computer in his local network that has XP (or 2000) on it

See response 5, 7, 8, 9, 10

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March 8, 2011 at 17:37:28
What I am saying is you can set some of those printers to emulate a different model. Even generic printer may work.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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