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Solved: Printer Problem HP Laserjet 1100

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MCBride, Sep 4, 2008.

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  1. MCBride

    MCBride Thread Starter

    Jul 10, 2004
    I have a new Dell laptop and a HP Laserjet 1100 printer w/ a parallell port. Is there a way to find an extension or something to convert to a USB printer?

  2. arknorth


    Oct 17, 2007
    Ah, the venerable 1100 - good basic machine that lack what the 1200 had - ye old USB. Yes, there is an adaptor (I'm holding one as we type) called a USB Parallel Printer Adaptor. They can be tricky, but if you install them properly, they will do fine.

    The trick to remember is that they are a periferal themselves, and need to be installed before you install the printer. You install the software for the adaptor first - when the install asks for it, plug the USB in - let the computer find the adaptor. Not following these rules are the reason I've seen more of these beasties come back, as people think they aren't working.

    Once you have the adaptor working, that is when you should revert to the install method of a parallel jack - that is, PLUG THE PRINTER INTO THE ADAPTOR, THEN install the printer software (remember, parallel devices installed in the oposite way a USB device installs).

    One other thing to remember - there is a good chance that this beastie WON'T WORK with Vista. You may want to see if HP has Vista drivers first for the 1100.

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