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USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronic Printer Cable Lead UK £3.49 delivered @ PrePayMania
USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronic Printer Cable Lead UK £3.49 delivered @ PrePayMania

USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronic Printer Cable Lead UK £3.49 delivered @ PrePayMania

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USB to Parallel adapter cable allows you to easily connect a parallel printer to your USB port. This Plug & Play adapter installs in seconds and is perfect for use with modern USB only laptops and desktops. Exclusive wiring design and cable technology that guarantees optimal performance and data transfer.

Features:
# Bi-directional communication between PC and printer
# USB Type A,
# Centronics 36 Pin Male
# Bus powered, Draws its power from the USB port
# Cable Length: 90cm approx
# Cable colour may vary from image shown

16 Comments

Wonder how many people still use parallel peripherals :thinking:

Be careful- many old printers use a 25-pin connector so this won't work!

Tom Pickering;8483503

Wonder how many people still use parallel peripherals :thinking:

Not many but, there are some who like there old died hard printers. Ive still got a epson from about 10year ago, whihc use usb. So would be had push not to find a parallel connector one.

I DO!! just wondering whether this will actually work, wont the printer need a USB driver? I remember I had a external DVD driver that used a cable like this I connected it to the printer thinking it would work and nothing happened.

I have the good ol HP1100, seriously people buy yourselves a laser printer, and be away with spending loads of money on annual inkjets.

If you have a new OS, you would also have to look for drivers, not an easy task as I have experienced with epson. Samsung provides drivers for virtually any OS. SAMSUNG ROCKS!

I'm still using my HP Laserjet 1100 - still going strong, toner lasts ages for me. I've got it hooked up to a HP Jetdirect box (bargain off ebay) on my network though so don't need to connect directly to it.

Laserjet 5 here. Bought in 1995. Still works perfectly. Prints 16 pages a minute, which isn't too bad. Toner cartridges are £10 on ebay for 6000 pages, so the paper I print on costs more than the toner!

I have an LJ2100 in the cupboard for when the LJ5 finally goes to printer heaven.

Old school!

mikezoe65;8483564

Be careful- many old printers use a 25-pin connector so this won't work!



why?

actually parallel printers use a 25 pin at the pc end not the printer end, this has always been a 36pin centronics interface.
imagine this creates a virtual parallel port so shouldn't need to use anything other than original drivers for printer
sounds cool idea, i have an old a3 printer that is parallel so may give this a go

Tom Pickering;8483503

Wonder how many people still use parallel peripherals :thinking:



I do, I have an old HP Laserjet which I can't bring myself to replace as the toner is so cheap (£7 from that famous auction site)

mikezoe65;8483564

Be careful- many old printers use a 25-pin connector so this won't work!


Apologies- I wasn't thinking!! But I'm sure I've read somehwere that it is not possible to run an HP Laserjet 4 or 5 or 6 through such a converter/USB lead and defo if its a postcript model. Has anyone actually got an HP laserjet working through one of these leads?

mikezoe65;8487775

Apologies- I wasn't thinking!! But I'm sure I've read somehwere that it … Apologies- I wasn't thinking!! But I'm sure I've read somehwere that it is not possible to run an HP Laserjet 4 or 5 or 6 through such a converter/USB lead and defo if its a postcript model. Has anyone actually got an HP laserjet working through one of these leads?



I guess you confirm my thoughts when I posted about I have indeed tried a cable of this type that was for an external DVD drive and it did not work with my HP1100 printer.

Niz;8488973

I guess you confirm my thoughts when I posted about I have indeed tried a … I guess you confirm my thoughts when I posted about I have indeed tried a cable of this type that was for an external DVD drive and it did not work with my HP1100 printer.



err maybe thats because its a printer instead of a dvd drive?

maddogb;8490179

err maybe thats because its a printer instead of a dvd drive?



I'm not sure what your getting at, the DVD drive uses the same cable as what has been posted here. the bit that connects to the printer and the DVD drive are the same (this 36 pin centronic). Where as the bit that connects to the computer for the printer is currently parallel port where as the DVD drive cable is USB on the side that connects to the computer.

When I tried the DVD drive cable (USB to 36 Pin), with the printer , the printer did not work.

Or are you saying that the cable was specific for the DVD drive?

maddogb;8490179

err maybe thats because its a printer instead of a dvd drive?


My recollection is that a laserjet needs bi-directional comms and that cannot be done through a USB. Anyone recommend a forum where this question would be answered?

mikezoe65;8491650

My recollection is that a laserjet needs bi-directional comms and that … My recollection is that a laserjet needs bi-directional comms and that cannot be done through a USB. Anyone recommend a forum where this question would be answered?



no its simply because the software to control the device was not written for this job, printers require specific control codes and without the correct usb device driver this ain't gonna happen,
i imagine this device is different in that the software to control is written specifically for this job, not to control a dvd drive which tbh i never saw a parallel dvd drive anyway.
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