to connect an old printer to a newer computer

October 15, 2011 at 09:43:25
Specs: Windows XP
can I connect an old Samsung laser printer ML 4500 (with serial/parallel interface to a newer Dell computer which has only USB ports or a smaller version of the serial/parallel port - can you buy a conversion lead or similar device?

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October 15, 2011 at 10:11:00
At least two issues here. One is physical connection with a usb to parallel device. Second is software to get it to connect. I think yes on both but you may have to play with some stuff.

This is a typical example but many other products exist. Be sure it has support for the very latest parallel. I forget now that that is.
Usually you need a bi-directional parallel port. Some odd software may not work correctly if the software is real old.

Another example.

A lot of printers can use more simple drivers or can be adjusted to emulate an older standard if you can't get full xp support. I suspect you can get it still.

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October 16, 2011 at 03:39:30
Hi David, not sure what you mean by smaller serial/parallel port.

Be careful never to connect serial to parallel (or vice versa) as almost certainly lasting damage will occur.

I would first try the parallel connection, as a suitable cable will surely be available.

I think this is the easiest way, then serial and finally usb. Needing a usb to parallel convertor could complicate the problem.

A serial cable should also be available, but if not they are easy to make.

You have an oldish os and would think if needed, driver(s) should be available for your printer for this.

Please advise back on progress.

Jefro - your google link did not work, although newegg one ok - Regards Mike.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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