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It is not quite clear whether you have a printer that can use both [either] the parallel port or the USB port.
If it takes either, use the parallel port, then store the USB cable somewhere. When you install the drivers from the CD that came with the printer it will ask you which type interface [LP1 or USB] that you want to use. [LP1 means Line Printer, 1 is in the event one has more than one LP port].
If your printer is ONLY USB, then read the instructions closely. Normally for USB printers you install the drivers FIRST without the printer plugged into the USB port. It's the old "When all else fails Read the Instructions".
HELP.....NEVER HOOKED UP A PRINTER,AND I'M SO LOST!!MY COMPUTER IS A HP-PAVILION, RUNNING WINDOWS ME,THE PRINTER I'M CONCIDERING HOOKING UP IS A COMPAQ lJ1200.HERE IS MY PROBLEM...I HAVE THE POWER SOURCE AND THE CABLE FROM PRINTER TO COMPUTER...I NOTICED THAT THERE IS A TERMAL FOR A USB CONNECTION..IS THIS ALSO REQUIRED FOR USE??I DON'T HAVE THE OWNERS BOOK SO I DON'T KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO I'VE ALSO FILLED THE INK CARTRIDGES, SO I THINK I'M WELL ON MY WAY TO COMPLETING MY TASK..I'M JUST A LITTLE UNSURE AS WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE USB CABLE.WHEN IT COMES TO THE COMPUTERS I'M ''SOS''(STUCK ON STUPID....LOL THANK-YOU FOR YOUR TIME...HAVE A GREAT DAY!! ELAINE