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XP cannot find printer

by Stan Denman / October 30, 2008 1:55 AM PDT

I recently got new system-Intel Core 2 Duo. I have an HP 4100N printer that I have never used as a network printer. The HP has no USB connection, so I bought a USB to Parallel printer cable. Connected to ANY usb port on the motherboard I cannot get XP to find the printer. Any help would be most appreciated.

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That may be right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2008 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: XP cannot find printer

But I can't check up on your USB to Printer adapter since there is no web link to its maker.

I can share that mine had a driver CD to install a driver for said cable and after that I had a (virtual) LPT1: to print to.

Since you do have the "N" version of the printer maybe you can put it on the network?

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Printer problems
by Stan Denman / October 30, 2008 2:56 AM PDT
In reply to: That may be right.

I do have a CD that came with the cable. It does not have any executable files. So how woudl I create this "virtual" LPT port?

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Give me a link to that product.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2008 3:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Printer problems

Its possible the seller kept the manual but given no make, model, or even a DIRECTORY LISTING you have to dig in, supply more detail. The make and model would be mandatory to begin this discussion.

If you can't supply this, use the network connection.

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by Stan Denman / October 30, 2008 3:23 AM PDT

Sorry I don't know what you mean by more details. The cable is one I bought at Fry's. "gearhead" is the Chinese maker of the cable. The CD supplied is for use with Window ME only. The enclosed brochure says that for Windows XP all that is required is to attached the cable and that "your computer will detect your Cable and install the necessary driver for your cable". This is what does not happen!

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It's defective then.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2008 3:31 AM PDT
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The product did not do what it said it would do and given the CD is for Windows ME that's no help.

I dropped a BIG HINT you could supply the DIRECTORY LISTING of what's on the CD but you opted out. As it stands it's just a defective product.

Why not use the network option on the printer?

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