Parallel port stopped functioning

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RodM

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I have a Dell XPS system running Win. XP Media Center. I have an old HP LaserJet 4 printer running from the parallel port. After a lightening storm my parallel printer port stopped working. The printer runs normally with another computer so I know its not the printer. I need to know if I can connect the printer through the serial port. My computer has a nine pin male serial port and the LaserJet has a 25 pin female serial port. Do I just switch the printer port setting from LPT1 to COM1, and where can I get the correct serial cable? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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