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03-30-2012 08:27 AM
I have a Pavilion P6000 Prod# BK456AA#ABA and wish to install a parallel printer output card such as the Startech PC/1PM.
I wish to do this so that I can improve the printing speed of my Designjet 450C printer which is now connected thru a USB/parallel adapter cable from the USB001 port. Data trnasfer is extremely slow and seems to be sent in "packets". I want to try a parralel hookup thru LPT1 to see if this improves the print speed. I have plenty of memory in the printer (It worked great on an older HP WinXP machine}.
The location of the expansion slot is such that the card edge cannot be inserted into it . Is there some sort of cable hookup I can use between the two?
I am using Win7 / 64bit.
03-30-2012 05:25 PM
The StarTech card that you are looking at is PCI and not PCI-E x1 that is supported on your motherboard so it's not going to work.
The HP DesignJet 450c doesn't have Windows 7 support software.
Look for a PCI-E x1 parallel port card that has Windows 7 64 bit drivers. Even if you can find the right card, you will most likely be stuck with the support that is offered by Windows 7.
03-31-2012 07:02 AM
Thanks, I'll try the correct PCI-Ex1 card. It might help. I'm aware of the lack of driver support for the Designjet 450C from HP. After a long search, I located one which appears to work (non-HP). Thinking that this non-HP driver might be the cause of the speed problem, I ran the printer as a 430 model (black/white) using the Win7 supplied driver. No change in speed. I'll let you know of the results.
04-06-2012 06:33 AM
I installed the correct PCI parallel port card but got no change in printing results. Thinking that the non-HP driver for the DesignJet 450C might be the problem, I installed the printer as a model 430 for which there is a system supplied Win7 driver. No change. The documents eventually print but in fits & starts (3 second print - 15 second wait)? The same thing happens when I use it as a model 450C. Any thoughts? Thanks