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Connect Epson Printer to Acer Laptop?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tuppence2, Mar 21, 2006.

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  1. Tuppence2

    Tuppence2 Thread Starter

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    Hello.

    I've an Epson Stylus Color 680 printer and wish to use it with my new Acer Aspire 3002LC laptop. The pin on the lead from the printer has a 25 pin connection, whereas the socket on the laptop is for a 15 pin lead. Are you able to point me to the exact connector I'd need to use? I won't be very good at picking a cable out of a list., so a supplier would be welcome.

    Thanks for any help you might be able to give.

    Bye,
    Penny. :)`
     
  2. etaf

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    doesnt the 680 have a USB connection

    your describing the parrallel connection - which used to be the standard - however, they introduced USB and for a while printers had both on

    ftp://download.epson-europe.com/pub/download/85/epson8500eu.pdf

    I suspect this is for connecting an external monitor and not a printer

    this will convert your USB to a parrallel plug
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=34448&&source=14&doy=search

    but I think the printer USB cable should be all you need - and may even have been supplied with the printer - they used to supply cables in the early days
     
  3. Lurker1

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    Hi Penny
    I havent found a site with the acer outputs on it but I'm guessing that the 15 pin output is for an external monitor. You will probably need to buy a new printer that runs off a USB port. You may be able to buy a USB to parallel converter but I couldn't say how well that would work.

    I followed the link that etaf provided and it looks like you just need a USB to Printer USB cable as your printer appears to have a USB port on it. You should be able to get one pretty cheaply (Under $10.00 ) at any computer store.
     
  4. Tuppence2

    Tuppence2 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone. :)

    Thank you very much for taking time to help me, and for the links.

    I'm clear now as to what I need, and also as to what the port is for at the back of the laptop - I'll know where to plug a free-standing monitor when I get one. :)

    Bye,
    Penny.
     
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