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HP Laserjet 4L printed with Vista, not with Win7

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  1. minglis

    minglis Thread Starter

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    I bought a parallel to usb printer cable to make my HP Laserjet 4L to work on my Vista dell laptop and it worked. Then I upgraded to Win 7 64 bit. Now it won't work. It sees it, installs fine, just won't print. no errors. Can it be a "cable driver" (never heard of such a thing until I started researching this problem) if it worked with Vista? It's a no-name cable, so won't likely have a driver that I can find.

    Is there anything I can do but replace the cable?
     
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    I suggest that you go to HP and download the Win 7 drivers for your printer. I had to do that in order to run my Brother MFC unit with our new Win 7 laptop.
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    Many parallel port to USB converters don't work... I have heard so many reports of them not working I don't know why they are made.

    Your best bet is to go to Device Manager and find out who makes the USB interface chip. To do that double click the device in Device Manager, click Properties, and then the Details tab. Under Property there is a drop down menu. Select Hardware IDs. You should see a text string similar to PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&SUBSYS_75491462&REV_02. We can use the text string to determine what the device is, and see if a 64 bit driver is available for it.

    If that doesn't work you may need to purchase a PCI or PCIe to parallel port card.
     
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    HP says the drivers are included in Win 7.
     
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    I assume you mean the USB controller? How do I tell which USB controller is for which port or does it matter? The strings are similar but not identical.
     
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    The above probably osn;y listed under Universal Serial Bus controllers, it will be under Ports (COM and LPT). The string for a USB device should look like USB\VID_2040&PID_7501&REV_0800

    If this method doesn't work, download USB Device Viewer: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html
    Find the device in the Description column then pan way over to the right side of the window and get the VendorID and Product ID nimbers.
     
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