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C&E CNE35805 USB to Parallel IEEE 1284 Printer Adapter Cable PC

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  • USB to Parallel IEEE 1284 Printer Adapter/Converter Cable
  • This unique cable allows you to attach your computer to any parallel printer device thru the USB port and get faster printing results.
  • Plug & Play, Connect a parallel printer to USB port, Compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP ,Supports virtually any standard or IEEE 1284 parallel printer
  • Cable Length: 36-Inch
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Technical Details

Length: Single Pack | Style: male
  • Brand Name: C&E
  • Model Number: CNE35805

Product Description

Length: Single Pack | Style: male

Today's computers don't come with parallel ports. But they do have USB! With this adapter cable you can still use your older printers with your newer computer. Converts a printer's parallel port for use with a USB port. This cable adapter is only compatible with 36-pin parallel ports: be aware that there are multiple types of parallel ports, some with 25 pins, some with 36. Please check your documentation or count the pins before you order! Length is 3 ft.

Product Information

Length:Single Pack  |  Style:male
Product Dimensions 36 x 0.7 x 2 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer C&E
ASIN B000BV8604
Item model number CNE35805
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4.0 out of 5 stars 885 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,114 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Electrical > Wiring & Connecting > Cables & Interconnects > USB Cables
#4,976 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Date first available at Amazon.com October 25, 2005

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Style Name: FemaleSize: Single Pack Verified Purchase
There is an incompatibility between Windows 7 64-bit and many HP inkjet printers. Here is how to solve it:
Following the C-T-G instructions, "install" your printer without connecting it. It may prompt you to download a driver from Microsoft. Choose a printer driver for the correct series (ie: choose HP720series driver for HC722C).
Then download and install 3 patches from this HP web page:
[...]
Continue the C-T-G instructions for installing the adapter cable.
It should work fine now, and you can even turn on spooling and the other features now.
I gave this one star to get attention. Please click on "yes, helpful" to bring this to the top where more people will see it. If I had not found this cure, it would have remained one star and gone back to Amazon. Now it's performance is 5 star. BTW, I hope that tech support at C-T-S eventually learns this so they can be helpful.
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Update 8/23/2012: When OSX 10.7 came out, the cable quit working with my LaserJet and I finally had to donate the printer and cable to someone running windows. I would no longer recommend using this on a newer OSX system.

Original review: My PC recently died and I replaced it with a new iMac with Mac OSX 10.5. I love my LaserJet 4 since it is so reliable and cheap to operate, and didn't want to rely exclusively on my inkjet printer. I decided to give this cable a try since it had good reviews. I took a risk using it on a Mac since it didn't state that it supported Macs, but it ended up working perfectly.

Installation was a breeze. Note that this cable does not plug directly into the printer, but plugs into the computer end of the existing parallel cable. I'm OK with that since it gave me more length. When I plugged it in, the Mac recognized it as a new printer with a generic driver. All I needed to do was change the driver to the HP LaserJet 4 driver and it worked fine.

I initially tried plugging this into a USB hub, but it only worked for a couple of sheets and then gave me a message that the printer was offline. I then plugged it directly into the Mac and it has worked perfectly since then. I also have another Mac and a PC on the network and they recognize the printer and print fine.
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I have an HP Laserjet 4L which is about 14 years old and I really did not want to part with it so I bought this parallel printer cable. I have four laptops, three with Windows XP and one with Vista Business. Like a good customer I followed the instructions that came with the cable but I could NOT get anything to print. I did a little research on the web and found the solution:
1. Do not install any printers or drivers or anything. Windows already has the drivers for HP printers.
2. Make sure your computer is turned OFF.
3. Plug the cable into the printer (printer is ON).
4. Plug the USB end of the cable into your computer.
5. Turn the computer on and the computer will do everything for you.
Verify that your printer is installed and print a test page. Set the printer as the default printer if needed. It was that EASY. This worked on each of my laptops. I'm really happy with this product - it was inexpensive, the print quality is excellent, and the print jobs even come out a bit faster!
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I bought this cable so that my 7-year old HP LaserJet 1100A printer would work with my new HP computer with Vista...even HP told me that there was nothing that would make the printer work! It DOES work and no need to override the printer driver already in the new Vista software!
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This cable is an ADAPTER for your existing printer cable. It will not plug into a centronics port. However, when combined with my existing printer cable, it worked great! I didn't even have to take any extra steps to add my HP Laserjet 6 printer to Windows XP.
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This product is not recognized in XP and the drivers (which are buried in a subdirectory on the mini CD) do not work even when manually added via add new hardware/ports/have disk -> mini CD drivers. XP sees there's a new USB device but is unable to locate any driver, nor asks where one is (as the documentation claims should happen). There is no company or support information, and the seller cable4less / cable4pc only has email. don't buy it
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The best advice I can give someone is to do just what you are right now: read online reviews! Lots of them. Go to the online sellers that have reviews (amazon, buy, new egg). You will eventually have to realize that the well-known name brands are more likely to work, but failures seem to be totally random and unpredictable. So be prepared to return it for a refund. I really think the manufacturers must be aware of the problems and they are choosing not to warn us.

I tried this adapter on four different printers and it only worked on one, which was, luckily, the one I really NEEDED it to work on. I also bought a cheap, no-name adapter off eBay which would not work at all and had to be returned.

I have a PowerMac running Tiger (OS X 10.4) and a Apple Laserwriter. Initially, print jobs would print, but only the first one after powering on the printer; subsequent jobs would fail. This was unacceptable. It turned out, however, that I needed to reinstall and update the OS on my MAC, and after that, printing was just fine with this adapter. There is a freeware print buffer enhancer called 'usbtb' which supposedly assists in this situation; I tried this and it prevented me from printing altogether!

I have a friend who has an iMAC running Leopard (OS X 10.5) and he has 3 HP printers. He and I were hopeful that this adapter would work for him and we decided to test it before he bought one. The Laserjet 2100 would just print blank pages. The old LaserJet 2P+ would not do anything. The LaserJet 4L would occasionally print something, but most jobs would not print and we could not really find any rhyme or reason behind this. So my experience is 25%, but even that is seeing it optimistically.

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