Sabrent USB 2.0 to DB25F Parallel Printer Cable (USB-DB25F)- colors may vary
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- USB-to-DB25 adapter provides external female, plug-and-play connection
- Female, plug-and-play connector
- 6 feet long
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The Sabrent USB 2.0 to DB25F Parallel Printer Cable effectively turns your parallel printer into a USB printer. Compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0, this driverless solution makes connecting your printer easy.
The USB-to-DB25 adapter provides you with an external DB25 female plug-and-play connection for use with computers, notebooks, and handheld computing devices that support USB. This cable adapter has a standard type-A USB plug.
The USB-to-DB25 adapter connects a USB port to a DB25 port for truly bi-directional communication between the PC and printer. It instantly adds a DB25 female port to your USB-equipped PC or laptop, and it offers plug-and-play compatible support over a 1 Mbps data transfer rate. Featuring low power consumption, the USB-to-DB25 adapter requires a PC running Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista. This adapter measures 6 feet long.
What's in the Box
USB-DB25F USB to DB25F cable, and driver CD.
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1. Remember to select USB for your printer port when setting up the printer you will be connecting this to and not the traditional LPT1 that you might be using for a parallel cable.
2. Connect the cable to your printer - then turn on your pc - then turn on your printer so that it will recognize your new printer connection.
I was about to send this back as non-functional until a read a few reviews of folks who had success. Still need to try it with my laptops that use XP and Windows7.
The only negative, which is really a big one is that lack of easy to access instructions make this very confusing and frustrating for those of us who aren't real savvy. But the price beats the $25 at our local Radio Shack.
I didn't see any new devices detected or drivers downloaded when I connected it to either computer, but choosing the USB printer port and manually picking the printer model got everything working just fine.
I turned on the printer and connected the parallel end of the USB-parallel connecting cable to the end of the printer cable which is usually attached to my desktop (hence the parallel end of the USB-parallel cable is called 'female'; the two parallel ends look somewhat funny together, but the connection is good even without being able to employ the two screws on each plug). There is a small disc containing drivers, but it was accurately noted in the instructions that one does not need it for computers operating on ME/2000/XP/Vista. The small complication was that I was uncertain what my laptop would regard as the port: the USB or the virtual parallel. The prompt was to treat it as a typical parallel LPT1 port, but this did not work, and it is perhaps also why there was no HP4P icon in the window I got to through start>printers and faxes (or control panel>printers and faxes), but in this window I was able to add the printer through file>add printer and following the instructions.
To get the printer to print I had to go to start>printers and faxes (or control panel>printers and faxes)>files>properties>ports and select "USB virtual printer port for USB", after which it works fine.
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Plugged in the convertor ,Usb&db25f cable,
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