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Help needed for Samsung ML-4600 printer

Hi, I'm trying to use a Samsung ML-4600 printer with my new Windows 7 laptop. As the laptop doesn't have a parallel port, I bought a parallel-USB cable. I started by plugging the USB end into my laptop; Windows 7 automatically installed the cable, which appeared as "IEEE-1284 Controller" in Devices and Printers. I then downloaded the driver for the printer from the Samsung website. Part-way through the installation of the driver, it prompted me to plug in the printer and turn it on. I did this, but it did not recognise that the printer was on. Any ideas on how I can get the printer working with my laptop?

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Doesn't the ml 4600 have USB?

Sadly it looks like a mis-step to have tried USB to Parallel when the printer looks to have USB already.

Is there more to this story.

Sorry, I didn't find Windows 7 drivers.

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@R. Proffitt No

No, it doesn't have a USB port. Also I already have the necessary driver, it's just that when I try to install the driver, the laptop doesn't recognise that I've plugged the printer in via the parallel/USB cable.

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Link says it does.
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@R. Proffitt USB port (or lack thereof)

Dude, it doesn't have a ******* USB port. I don't care what that page says, I have the thing in front of me and it does not have a USB port. Also, I'd really rather not buy another printer, since this one works perfectly well with my PC via a parallel/parallel cable (it's my parents' laptop that it doesn't work with - I'm normally at university so they can't print stuff without my PC being at home).

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That's not the only site that claims it has USB

I naturally used the old cnet review but claims it has it.

Now remember that some old printers had a sliding door to hide the other port to keep folk from using both connections.

I've lost count of how many times that bit someone.

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(NT) Then it seems time for another printer.
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(NT) Thanks, you've been an enormous help(!)
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I can be even more helpful. is the user manual for the ML-4600. Appendix A10 (that's page 107 of 134) shows where the USB connection is located. I see no reason to distrust the user manual.

From the picture, I get the impression it's a B-type connector (that's a somewhat square one).

Or maybe you don't have the ML-4600? Then you only can blame yourself for providing the wrong information.

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A thousand apologies, you're quite right. What threw me was a)that it's a type-B USB port (which is kind of small and square) and b)that it was obscured by those little wire hinges either side of the parallel port - I completely didn't see it. Fail. I guess what I'll therefore need is to buy a USB-A to USB-B cable.

Thanks to both of you.

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Thanks for getting back. Apologies accepted.

These kind of problems really can make you nervous.


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