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Connect a USB to Parallel LaserJet Printer Cable Using Windows 7

Since many of the people visiting PrinterHacks.com are using a Windows 7 computer, I thought it is time to update my post about connecting a parallel printer to a USB only computer, with instructions using a Windows 7 computer.

Although Windows 7 looks nicer than previous operating systems, there is still some bumps along the road when trying to connect a parallel-only printer to your usb-only computer. It’s even more difficult if you’ve got a “special” HP LaserJet printer with a mini-centronics connection along with a stubborn operating system that does not have drivers preloaded for your printer.

HP LaserJet Mini Centronics Connector IEEE-1284c

With all these issues with backwards compatibility, plug and play turns into plug and pray.  I hope you’ll find these steps helpful for connecting a printer with a mini-centronics connection to a computer with only USB ports.

To recap from my previous article, these steps should work with the following HP LaserJet printers (and nearly any printer that has a standard parallel connection):

  • LaserJet 3100
  • LaserJet 3150
  • LaserJet 1100
  • LaserJet 3200
  • LaserJet 4000
  • LaserJet 4500
  • LaserJet 4550
  • LaserJet 4600
  • LaserJet 4650
  • LaserJet 5500
  • LaserJet 5550
  • LaserJet 8100
  • LaserJet 8150
  • LaserJet 9000

I have personally tested this with an HP LaserJet 1100 printer using a USB to Parallel cable along with the appropriate mini-centronics to centronics adapter recommended below.

1. Connect your printer to your computer.

Connection

 

2. You should see Windows acknowledge the new cable.

 

3. Windows should install the USB to Parallel adapter drivers, then it will try installing the LaserJet drivers. If you don’t have the printer plugged in properly, or if Windows does not have built-in drivers for your printers (as was my case), you’ll receive an error.

 

4. Click on the bubble alert to bring up additional information about the failed installation.

 

5. At this point, some users end up clicking on “Change setting…” and go through the process of having Windows automatically check for drivers for their printer. This didn’t work for me, so instead I opted to use the troubleshooter tool instead. Click close on this box.

 

6. Go to the start button, click on “Devices and Printers”.

 

7. There should be a generic printer icon named “IEEE-1284 Controller” or something similar. Right click on this printer icon and select “Troubleshoot”.

 

8. Windows will attempt to gather information about your printer and see if it can find a suitable solution to this problem (which is that there is no driver already installed for the printer).

 

9. You will see many messages display across the status window as Windows attempts to find a fix.

 

10. If all goes well, you’ll see an new window asking to install drivers for your printer (which should also be written out in the dialog box). Select “Apply this fix”.

 

11. You will once again see messages updating you on the progress of installing the device drivers.

 

12. As if you have not confirmed enough times, Windows will again ask if you want to apply the fix it has found. Select “Apply this fix” again.

 

 

13. As the final confirmation, you should see a resolution to the troubleshooting process. The main issue here is that drivers were not installed for the printer. The troubleshooting tool seemed to fix the issue (you can tell by looking at the green checkmark in the “Problems found” area.  Select “Close the troubleshooter” to finish and see your list of printers.

 

 

14. If everything went as expected, you will see a generic printer icon with the correct (or semi correct) name of your printer. To test, open any document or webpage and print to this printer.

 

Didn’t work for you?

If these steps didn’t help or you received some strange problem, installing drivers manually is the next best option. If you would like to see a tutorial about how to install HP LaserJet drivers manually using Windows 7, please leave a comment, I read them all.

 

A word about drivers and Windows 7

For this tutorial, I was running Windows 7 32-bit. You may have Windows 7 64-bit installed which can cause some unexpected issues with drivers. If you’re not sure of the difference, it’s not important unless you are installing drivers for products that came out before Windows 7. Most reputable vendors will make drivers for their devices for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Occasionally, hardware manufacturers will choose to not make new drivers for old hardware devices. This was the case with HP and some of their old printers. You may run into issues installing an old printer on Windows 32 or 64-bit, but most likely you will have more problems finding drivers for 64-bit machines.

This is because Windows has mainly been a 32-bit operating system and so there are many drivers available today written for the 32-bit platform which can be used in Windows 7 32-bit. If you find that a driver isn’t available for your printer, leave me a comment and I’ll do some digging if I have the time. Often, I find that a driver for a different model works just as well as the original.


84 Comments (Leave a Reply)

  1. Hargy358 (May 11, 2011)

    Thank you for the help. I’ll try this today and see what happens. I’m working with a HP5 and Windows 7 on another person’s machine.

  2. judson Jennings (May 16, 2011)

    I have Win 7 64 bit HP Laserjet 2100 with parallel port. When I plug in via USB adapter, Windows reads it as “USB-Serial CH340 (COM6) unplugging and plugging into another USB port just changes the COM channel. And it does nto try to install the printer driver. thanks
    th

  3. Jiim118 (May 16, 2011)

    hi, I’m trying to install an HP laserjet 6P for my dad on his new windows 7 64 bit machine. Followed all the steps above, go the green tick etc, but cant print. Its as if the machine sends the info to the printer, but the printer never receives it. I tried this on a vista machine to check if it was the cable itself and again got the same issue. Neither machine recognised the printer when plugged in, so negagated the “plug and play” feature, so manually (via windows update) loaded the driver, but still no joy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, prior to buying a new printer!!

  4. aranmexican (May 27, 2011)

    thanks for this informative website. I’m running Windows 7 64-bit on an Acer laptop. I’m trying to connect my old but working Canon BJC-1000 printer with a USB-parallel port cable I bought on Amazon. I’m afraid that the laptop isn’t communicatin with the cable, never mind the printer. My question is: will I find drivers for the cable and for the printer that are compatible with Windows 7 64bit? Cheers.

    • Printer Whisperer (May 31, 2011)

      In short, the drivers for the cable are built into Windows. The printer is something you’ll need to do some research on.

  5. jessi (May 27, 2011)

    Afraid I need tutorial for manual installation of the driver for the laser jet 1100. Could you help me out? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

    • Printer Whisperer (May 31, 2011)

      I’ll see if I can put something together soon.

  6. peener (May 31, 2011)

    I’m experience the same problem: running Win7 32bit, installed the USB-parallel cable and loaded the drivers. All seems to be ok: my printer (HP Deskjet 710) is visible in the printer list, no errors. If I print to it, nothing happens. the documents do not stay in the print queue, so in my opinion the PC sees the printer and sends the information but it doesn’t arrive.
    Any suggestions?

    • Printer Whisperer (May 31, 2011)

      In my experience this means that Windows sent the document to the printer, it went through the adapter, but the message never got to the printer (from the adapter). This may be because the printer relies on the computer to do all the processing involved with printing (older laserjets would normally do the processing). This is just a hunch though, I don’t have a deskjet to test with.

  7. Michael (June 8, 2011)

    I need the driver for hp laser jet 3150 for windows 7

    • Printer Whisperer (June 8, 2011)

      Best place to go for HP drivers is http://www.hp.com directly.

  8. Zorro (June 10, 2011)

    Hola!. I have OS Win 7 64 bit and HP Laserjet 1100 with parallel port. With your tutorial I can print. Thanks you for the help.

  9. Hugh (June 15, 2011)

    I’m trying this with a 4050 on windows 7 64bit and encountering some problems after following your guide.
    I can’t use PCL6 because of the printer model, but using the PCL5 driver for the 4050 (also tried 4100 drivers).

    It will print the test page correctly, but now if it prints it does not print straight away – printer states Processing Job and then Data Recieved, with the data light on and the status of the job on windows is Error, but no printing for a few minutes. When it does print it only prints part of the first page and nohing else. The a few minutes later it prints a page:
    ERROR: timeout
    OFFENDING COMMAD: timeout

    STACK:
    3703
    2346
    3697 (or other numbers each time)

    after this, the status of the print job in windows is set to Printing again and it carries on like this presumably indefinitely until I delete the job (which also takes a few minutes).

    I have also tried installing the Universal Print Driver, from the executable choosing traditional mode, then choosing the USB virtual printer port then choosing the HP Universal Printing PCL 5 (v5.2) driver.
    This was (slightly) more successful, printing the first 2 pages of a document immediately, the stopping with the data light on, Data Receieved message and the same as above. I’m not sure what ele to try now, it is very frustrating, I hope somebody has some ideas of how to get this to work!

    • Printer Whisperer (June 16, 2011)

      Does it do this will a very small document (like a 1 word text document from notepad)? I’ve seen an issue similar to this and it’s either a bad cable or an incompatible driver. Did you get the cable I recommended?
      You could also try using a JetDirect card and see if that works. I’m sure you could find an expensive 600n or 610n on eBay or Amazon for less than $20. I’d give that a shot and use the same driver and I bet it would work.

  10. Andrew (June 16, 2011)

    “Plug and pray” says it all. Alam Morris on the Windows Printer Forum provided the same answer as you do, but it does not work for me trying to connect an HP Laserjet 5M to 32-bit Windows 7. I have same printer in my home office and it works fine on XP. I will try to swap the cables as there seems to be an issue over the cable quality. My non-working one says it is IEEE-1284 bi-directional USB 1994 to DB25/36 female. But is it a Windows 7 driver issue? And if so, why don’t MS fix it?

    • Printer Whisperer (June 16, 2011)

      I don’t see why a 5M would work. The driver it uses is one of the most generic drivers I use for many other models. Did you try the cable/adapter I recommended? I don’t quite recognize your non-working cable description.
      As far as Microsoft goes, I doubt they would want to support printers that are not native USB. I believe the 5M came out over 10 years ago and it’s just not in their best interest to support it.
      If you can’t get it working, you can purchase an inexpensive JetDirect network card for those that works very well.

  11. Mark (June 18, 2011)

    I have a HP 1100 with a USB to paralell adapter, on a HP 64bit Vista machine, loads the icon but will not print a test page. any help would be much appriciated

    • Printer Whisperer (June 20, 2011)

      There could be many different things causing your problem. It’s probably best to start narrowing down the issue using the replacement method. Try connecting the printer to a Windows XP or Vista (32-bit) computer to eliminate any cable issues. From that result, you should be able to tell if it’s a driver issue (my guess) or a bad cable.

  12. Daniel (July 2, 2011)

    I have a HP 6p. I am using a a USB to parallel type B. I get the software has been installed but no printer is connected even though it is. I have connected rebooted powered off erased uninstalled the works, still no fix. any suggestion?

    • Printer Whisperer (July 7, 2011)

      There seems to be some issues connecting the HP LaserJet 5P/6P series printers to Windows 7 (both 32 and 64 bit). I don’t have one to test with, but if it were me, I’d try using a different driver (HP LaserJet 4 or 5 instead of 4P/5P).

  13. Antelmy (July 6, 2011)

    I have a new Dell which runs W7 64 bit and got a cable to connect my Laserjet 5L (HP PCL 5). I added the printer (installed it OK I thought) BUT even though it will print a test page (after a long delay) is won’t print anything else. Everything else gets stuck in the print queue and causes an error state. What can I do??

    • Printer Whisperer (July 7, 2011)

      Sounds like a driver issue. I’d try and change the driver to something more generic like “HP LaserJet 4” or similar model.

  14. Chuck (July 6, 2011)

    hi –

    Thank you. It didn’t work for me b/c I have a Code 43 error. What now?

    • Printer Whisperer (July 7, 2011)

      It could be a number of things. I believe error 43 is supposed to mean that something is wrong with the hardware. In the case where you have both a cable and printer, it can be tough to determine the problem. Best way to take care of the issue is to try and swap out items until you narrow down the issue (e.g. try another printer or try your printer on a different machine).

  15. Boris (July 14, 2011)

    I have this problem. Laserjet 1100 is connected to PC through LPT to USB adapter. Everything was OK. But yesterday when setting printing began nonsense. The printer does not print, but only reaches all sheets from tray. When I connect to PC through LPT port, everything is in OK. Please help-problem of driver for the adapter or adapter? Because when connecting via the USB to LPT adapter printer switched and is installed without problems.

    • Printer Whisperer (July 15, 2011)

      Are you using the cable I recommended on this page? I’d try removing the printer and installing it again.

  16. Boris (July 15, 2011)

    I use cable is very similar to the recommended. Purchased on Ebay, until yesterday everything worked correctly. Reinstall the printer have tried many times and in different PC (with WIN7 and XP)

    • Printer Whisperer (July 15, 2011)

      It sounds like you have a bad cable since you have ruled out both the printer and computer. The cable I recommend has a very specific chipset that I’ve found to works more often than other cheaper cables available on the Internet.

  17. Tommytup (July 16, 2011)

    I have a HP laserjet 4l connected via usb parallel cable to window 7 (64bit) dell laptop. The printer appears with HP Laserjet 4l Printer Icon. But when printing, data does to the printer but does not print. It looks like a driver issue. Can you recommend a driver ?

    • Printer Whisperer (July 30, 2011)

      I’ve seen a lot of problems with the HP 4L/5L series and Windows 7 (64-bit). I don’t have either to test so I can’t comment on how to make them work together, but I’d keep trying different built-in drivers in Windows and see if something works.

  18. Caroline (July 18, 2011)

    I don’t know how it happened, but I was able to get my HP LaserJet 4050 to successfully print on a new system that is 64 bit. I had previously had it on a 32 bit system. I couldn’t find a driver on the HP download webpage that clearly was labeled for a LaserJet 4050. Instead a list came up for a variety of other HP drivers when I searched for LaserJet 4050 64 bit. The list included PCL5 and PCL6 among others. I downloaded most of them and none worked so I shut my system down in frustration. The next day when I turned my computer on I got a message that “the device has been installed”!!! So I tried printing and it worked beautifully on HP LaserJet 4050 Series PCL5.

  19. Dogtrnr (July 21, 2011)

    Running Win7 64-bit with HP 5P printer. I followed these instructions and the printer was working fine for about a month and a half. About a 2 weeks ago got a “hiccup” and nothing printed. When I turned the computer back on later, it spit out everything I sent to the printer. Last night it just stopped printing all together; had trouble deleting the print jobs. Tried reinstalling the printer, but couldn’t do a plug and pray. Won’t even print a test page. Using a Belkin parallel to USB cord.

  20. ERIC (July 26, 2011)

    I HAVE A HP DESKJET 720C. I HAVE A USB TO PARALLEL ADAPTER CONNECTED BUT CANNOT GET IT TO WORK. WILL IT WORK OR AM I FISH OUT OF WATER?

    • Printer Whisperer (July 30, 2011)

      I can’t really say without more detail. Did you use the adapter that I recommended?

  21. Fernando (August 1, 2011)

    I tried to install a Okidata ML320 (not turbo) with only parallel connections to a WIN 7 Pro with only USB PC. I put the cable first and then I turned on the printer. It acknowledged the cable, but not the printer and won’t find it. Would it work if I uninstall the cable and then try to connect all together with the cable and the printer on?

    • Printer Whisperer (August 1, 2011)

      Okidata’s are not as “smart” as typical laser printers. This may not work, but I’d try manually installing the printer, selecting the driver and then select the USB001 as the port.

  22. Robert Sexton (August 2, 2011)

    Hello all, it seems I have located this page after purchasing a cable and it not working. I am new to this concept, but not new to computers. Printer Whisperer has asked numerous other users about using the cable recommended. I am sure I have not as when I made the purchase cable cost was the determining factor. At the brick and mortar store there was this 17.00 cable and a 27.00 so the less expensive cable won that concept. I can’t see how a cable that claims to work can’t and where other cables do work. If the cable is designed to work, why wouldn’t it. What makes one cable better than the other or one work and another not when both are sold as items that will work? Are you saying there are electronics in this cable? There is so little on this setup, but this would imply a powered USB port would be required. In my situation trying a brand new HP desktop computer with win7 x64 when plugging the cable into any USB port, there is never a new hardware found wizard coming up. Needless to say the new printer found never comes up. So does that mean the USB ports are not powered, the cable sold to do the job does not work, and if that is the case is it a defective cable for not doing what it’s sold as, or does this cable not work because it was engineered wrong and will never work?
    This really does not make any sense to me, but from reading some of the other user problems where the cable is seen but the output is junk and only prints a few lines and starts printing junk or error messages and keeping in mind what Printer Whisperer suggests along with some of the configuration messages it seems this cable simply converts the printer output to a serial port (those COMx messages shown in user comments) and if the printer is not working perhaps adjusting the com port settings could correct those situations. Serial port communications are very picky and there are a slew of configuration options that if not correct will result in garbage printing. I am not saying this will correct anything, but I have a long history with computers and in a way specialized at one time in serial communications if by no other reason being a leader in the form of the old style social networking of being the SYSOP of bulletin Board systems (BBS). Back in those days sysop were constantly on leading edge technology as we were the ones driving the force for faster communications. The introduction of the 16550AFN UART chip lead the path and opened the doors for faster communications, but even so the COM port settings had to be perfect to obtain the speeds we were getting. Today those speeds are slow, but back then they were unheard of and even the telecom companies (ma bell) said those speeds would never be obtain on existing hardware. Well they were wrong as we did it. 

    Anyway, can anyone explain the purpose of these cables and what makes them tick? Is there a wiki on them? If they contain hardware to interact with the drivers then I would expect that hardware to be tweak able, but with the cable I got there is nothing to imply there is embedded hardware as it seems reading this page suggests… 

    Also, this comment box is broken as once the small window is full, there is no indication that additional characters are being typed. I control + A my text and pasted in another document to show that they were in fact being typed in, but just not being displayed. SO this was created in another editor and I will paste it back in the comment box.

    I look forward to learning more about this setup and technology…
    Rob

    • Printer Whisperer (August 4, 2011)

      The cable I recommend on this site uses a specific chipset. Different USB to parallel cables use different chipsets. My primary concern was operating system compatibility and durability. I know there are lots of cheaper cables available out there, but as many commenters can attest, some just don’t work. The other half of the problem is that manufacturers like HP do not want to write new drivers for old printers. They won’t sell new printers if they do so you end up with lots of issues (especially with Windows 7 64-bit). Finding the right driver on the right port can be tricky, but printers outlast computers and finding ways to get them to communicate can be difficult (but generally possible).

  23. debbie (August 12, 2011)

    Yesterday got my new windows 7 computer to work with my old HP LaserJet 1100; today I have already wasted 2 hours and can’t print. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, etc. Any help please.

    • Printer Whisperer (August 13, 2011)

      You didn’t mention any steps you tried or any errors you ran into. I’m not sure how I can help. If requested help, please be as detailed as possible to help other people that may be facing the same issue.

  24. Tim (August 13, 2011)

    Hello,

    I tried your method for getting the printer to connect. It worked for half of the situation. I troubleshot, just as required and went through the whole process. At the end, it said the printer was fixed, but not the default printer. Once I tried to make it the default printer, I received an error message stating, “Operation could not be completed,” with error number. It also said on the error line, make sure that it is connected to the network. The sad part it is checked mark green on device and printer. Any thoughts or suggestions? Take care, again thanks for the page and help.

    • Printer Whisperer (August 13, 2011)

      Seems like your printer installed but didn’t get the right port assigned. I’d try removing and reinstalling again.

  25. Daniel Huang (August 24, 2011)

    I have exactly the same problem as Judson Jennings’. I plugged it into USB port using converter and used add printer wizard to install the driver. Which port should I use?

    • Printer Whisperer (August 26, 2011)

      You’ll need to look at your list of available ports because different computers can have differently named ports. Perhaps something with USB001 or similar would work.

  26. ham (August 26, 2011)

    Ihave the new desktop window 7 64 bits, that comes with USB port only. i am trying to hook my hp laserjet 5si mx to new desktop thru a USB to parrallel cable. But it keeps giving message as “unidentified unit”…?? help

    • Printer Whisperer (August 26, 2011)

      Sorry I haven’t seen or heard of that error message before. Perhaps a bad USB to parallel cable since the error you receive talks about an ‘unidentified unit’.

  27. Deanoh (August 30, 2011)

    HP Laserjet 4P via parallel to USB on Win7 64. Found driver using “change setting” path. However when printing a page it 1st prints 3 nearly blank pages (3 characters on 1st linee) then my page. Then hangs on further prints. However found if printer is powered on and READY before the PC is powered on, printer performs as expected. But prefer to power printer as needed not continuous.

  28. Kathy (September 13, 2011)

    Do you know how an HP Photosmart 1200 series printer would fare with the parallel to USB connector? I still have the printer installation CD, but I am assuming that will do me no good? I hate to buy a new printer, but also don’t need to buy a cable that will not work and then buy the printer! Thanks so much.

  29. E Burd (September 13, 2011)

    LaserJet 6L Win 7 64bit plugged in the printer and it installed it as a Unspecified device using USB Printing Support. I updated the drivers in windows and found one that is supposed to work for the 6L. However there is no way to get the Unspecified device deleted so I can try again. Suggestions? Your site is a great service. Thanks.

  30. Bill (September 14, 2011)

    Running Windows 7 64bit. Followed your instructions for connecting my HP Deskjet 820 Cse printer to my computer with a usb parallel cable. No luck. Can you help.

    • Printer Whisperer (October 16, 2011)

      As mentioned many times on this post, Windows 7 64-bit is very printer un-friendly. This is because nearly all old drivers that were written with 32-bit support (old windows machines) won’t work. I recommend “forcing” the install of a supported driver.

  31. Alan (September 25, 2011)

    Same issue as one of the earlier writers. New HP Pavilion g series w/W7 64. Printer is HP LaserJet 2100TN with the old style plus. Bought an adapter years ago to go with an IBM Thinkpad w/XP and it worked fine although I often got a message that the document failed to print when it actually did. I downloaded what I thought was the right driver from the HP site, but it still won’t work, and the troubleshooter can’t seem to fix it. Any ideas? All help appreciated.

    • Printer Whisperer (October 16, 2011)

      I generally only recommend the product on this page because there are just so many different kinds of cables available today that may or may not work. Also, Windows 7 64-bit has a very limited number of printers that it supports and with a printer that’s nearly a decade old, you’ll need to “force” the installation of some type of generic LaserJet printer driver and see if that works.

  32. Cynthia (October 6, 2011)

    I have a new Dell Inspiron with Win 7 64 bit. With the cable, it will not install any drivers for the HP 3100 All in One. I have tried your work around and it still tells me that there are no drivers. A small CD came with the cable but that does not have the drivers either. Can you help?

    • Printer Whisperer (October 16, 2011)

      It’s most likely not the printer cable that’s the problem. Windows 7 will automatically install drivers for that part. The printer is unsupported in Windows 7, so you’ll most likely have to “force” install drivers to get the printer to work.

  33. Robert Keenan (October 17, 2011)

    I have purchased a usb to parallel cable for connecting a windows 7 machine to a Laserjet 4 Plus.During the installation process I am told that there is no printer attached to the cable. Have tried this on a couple of computers with 32 and 64 bit versions. Also tried it on XP, and it seems there is no printer attached. Connected to the XP machine with a parallel cable and it works perfect. On the printer I turned off high speed and advanced features and there is no fonts cartridge attached. Is the usb adaptor faulty, although in widows it does not report any faults and just says no printer attached.

    • Printer Whisperer (October 19, 2011)

      Seems like you either have a bad cable or a printer that doesn’t understand the commands the computer is sending.

  34. L Bytof (November 2, 2011)

    I’m about to embark on this process to connect a Laserjet 1100 to a Dell Inspiron One with Windows 7. I need to buy the adaptor cable. Just wanted to check — is this the one you used: 6′ USB to Mini-Centronics (type C, MDR36) Adapter Cable — that’s the only one I see mentioned in your article. Thanks.

    • Printer Whisperer (November 4, 2011)

      I’m not sure if you’re referring to a product title or an item at some store. I’d just click on the link to the product on the page.

  35. Simon (November 9, 2011)

    Hi – i have a fujitsu PC – Win7 and a HP color laserjet 4500. the printer has a mini centronics connector – the parallell cable is the mini to ‘normal’ parallel type. i bought a usb to parallel cable that will allow me to connect to the printer. i installed the universal printer driver recommend and had limited sucess – i managed to print a notepad document but it would not print from word! any ideas? thanks.

    • Printer Whisperer (November 30, 2011)

      I don’t think a driver can discriminate between application’s like that. Did you select the right printer in Word?

  36. Elvin (November 9, 2011)

    Re: x86 printer driver for 64 bit Windows 7
    If you were able to install anything for the printer, then uninstall it. Next, download the correct software from this location:

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=4063&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3194498

    During the install you can select drivers only or the full software package, I believe.
    I obtained this information from the HP support forum page here is the page link.
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Other-printing-questions/x86-printer-driver-for-64-bit-Windows-7/td-p/251899

  37. Simon (November 10, 2011)

    regarding my above problem…I rebooted the PC and re-seated all cables and it can now print – however its not printing colour…any ideas?

    • Printer Whisperer (November 30, 2011)

      There used to be some bug where “only black” was selected in some drivers, but I haven’t seen that problem creep up in a while. I’d try reinstalling the driver or looking at the properties of the printer.

  38. nancy (November 21, 2011)

    I just tried these steps. Is it possible that HP discontiinued the HP Laser 1100 print driver?

    • Printer Whisperer (November 30, 2011)

      I think they discontinued it years ago. It’s a hack getting that printer to work with Windows 7.

  39. Alfrieda Manson (December 9, 2011)

    I have a HP Laserjet 8100N. What do I need to connect this printer to my Acer computer (USB). This is a good printer and I do not want to get rid of it.

  40. Cas (December 23, 2011)

    I use an Acer 64bit win 7 PC connecting to an Epson TM-T88IV printer using a USB to Parallel cable. I am able to do a test print using a generic dot-matrix driver from windows, but cannot print using the Win7 64bit driver from Epson. I need the specific driver to support fonts and paper cut function. Would this have to do with the USB calblke chip set not supporting(allowing) the commands to reach the printer?

    • Printer Whisperer (January 12, 2012)

      Your setup is much too complex for this USB to parallel cable setup. You’ll need to purchase a PCI (or express) card with an actual parallel port if that’s your only interface for the printer. A USB to parallel cable is designed for printing only. It does not work with MFP or other functions like what you have described.

  41. Jeff Skinner (December 29, 2011)

    Thanks for info. Got old Laserjet IIc to work but several days later used Epson USB printer then HP will no longer work.Print jobs go to Queue but dont print.Reboot (Win 7 64bit) and jobs in queue print and all is well until use Epson again. Any ideas?

    • Printer Whisperer (January 12, 2012)

      Window 7 (64-bit) and old LaserJets don’t like each other. Your best bet is to try another driver.

  42. Kristin (January 21, 2012)

    I have Windows 7 (64 bit) and the HP LaserJet 1100. I purchased the cable you recommended and plugged it in. My computer recognized the cable but did not notice that it was attached to a printer. In the Devices & Printers window, it shows as “IEEE-1284 Controller” in the Unspecified devices section. My computer never started the process you have listed above. So I added the printer. I was able to pick the driver from the list of drivers installed on my computer. The installation appeared to go fine. I can see the printer and send a job to it. But nothing happens. It gets stuck in the print queue as an error. I don’t know what the error is. What should I try now? Tx.

    • Printer Whisperer (March 13, 2012)

      This is an issue with selecting the correct port and making sure that the USB to Parallel cable driver installed properly on Windows 7. As mentioned before, I may create a separate article detailing issues with Windows 7 (64-bit) and older LaserJet printers.

  43. Bits (February 12, 2012)

    What if I connect an LPT port to PCI of my motherboard and connect my HP laserjet 5000. Will it work? By the way I use Win 7 (32 bit)

    • Printer Whisperer (March 13, 2012)

      Yes, this should definitely work. Especially with Windows 7 (32-bit).

  44. Regan Singh (February 24, 2012)

    Hi,
    I have a laserjet 6l! i have a lenovo laptop running win7 and I can print using the parallel to USB cable. But on my desktop, I cant seem to print! it recognises the device and installs it, but it just doesnt print. stays in the print queue and then i have to troubleshoot. it clears the print queue still no print!! any help will be appreciated!

  45. JackBauer (March 6, 2012)

    I have a new HP laptop running Windows 7 64 bit, and an old HP Laserjet 4000 (PCL5)… I have tried connecting the two using the USB to parallel cable, but nothing seems to work. Tried using the HP universal PCL 6 driver to install the drivers, but it’s still not finding the printer… any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated (even if it comes down to the printer being obsolete…).

    • Printer Whisperer (March 13, 2012)

      Connecting a USB to parallel cable to a computer running Windows 7 (64-bit) is difficult. I may write a special article addressing this issue in the future.

  46. Erik Maenpaa (March 7, 2012)

    How can I connect an IBM 3116 to a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7

  47. JAD1 (March 13, 2012)

    Worked perfectly for a 25+ year old HP laserjet 5P.

    Many thanks!!!

  48. bill meyers (April 5, 2012)

    can this work with a HP 3015 model printer

    • Printer Whisperer (April 27, 2012)

      The 3015 uses a standard USB cable so no adapter is really necessary.

  49. WordMan (April 9, 2012)

    I bought the cables you recommended and all seemed to go well. The HP 1100 printed the test page fine, but when I tried to print a document it just stays in the queue until I restart Windows 7. As it is coming back up, the page is printed. How do I get it to accept the data and print it right away?

    I have Windows 7 64-bit and the tech support people in New Delhi can’t figure it out.

    Thanks…

    • Printer Whisperer (April 27, 2012)

      There appears to be some compatibility issues with Windows 7 64-bit and many LaserJet drivers. Perhaps try a different driver (or HP’s universal one)?



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