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printer cable connection error

by rjjp / September 30, 2004 3:59 AM PDT

After repeatedly attempting to print a document I realized that I had left the printer cable directly connected to another PC's parallel port instead of the printer. This other PC was also switched on. What are the chances of any damage being caused. Thanks for your help.

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Re: printer cable connection error
by reipph / September 30, 2004 4:59 AM PDT

It is an output versus output occurence.
Try to print using the other PC, if it does not print, you inquiry is answered.
Just like to give you an instance though, there was this person (not me) who accidentally plugged the computer microphone plug to the speaker jack instead of the microphone jack, he was able to use the microphone, after some sessions with the microphone, he found out that the microphone produced a crackling sound then it became non-usable, it did not affect his speaker jack though.
Output ports (printer, scanner, monitor, etc. has current in it, so it will be current vs. current, hence, shorted connection.
Since you have two PC's and one printer, I presume, why not use a data switch device, both PCs are then connected to this device and you just flip a switch to select the PC that will use the printer.

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Re: printer cable connection error
by rjjp / September 30, 2004 8:42 PM PDT

Thanks, reipph, for your help. I do already have a primitive 2 PC, scanner and printer network involving a couple of data switch devices. Yet I made this silly mistake of directly connecting the 2 PCs together and I was wondering if what I had done was bad for any PC component.

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Re: printer cable connection error
by reipph / October 3, 2004 5:07 AM PDT

Yes it is, since the components had been shorted (outgoing current vs. outgoing current). If your other PC is printing just fine, you are lucky that it was not affected. Effect on hardware depends on the quality and durability of the unit you have, the length of time it was connected applies too. SOme components are very critical of short circuits, others are not. Normally, components that are short circuit sensitive have fuses in them that breaks when a short circuit occurs or even there is a sudden surge of input power.
I suggest you put a small strip of tape at the end of terminals and put a label in it. In this manner, you will avoid errors in connection.

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