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Connecting a LaserJet 6L using a USB cable

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I recently purchased a new laptop running Windows 7, Home 64.  I also have a desktop running Windows XP.  I would like to convert my LaserJet 6L to connect via a USB cable and connect it to both PC's.  I purchased a Cables to Go USB to C36 Parallel adaptor but all print jobs fail when following the USB cable installation instructions.  Is there something I need to do to upgrade my LaserJet?  I upgraded drivers from the HP website before installing the USB cable.   Any info would be appreciated.  thanks

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Is the 6L installed correctly in the Devices and Printers?

What port is the 6L using?

All the drivers necessary for the adapter come with Win7.

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thanks for the quick reply.  I do not yet have the Windows 7 laptop.  It will be delivered in May.  I was initially trying to connect the 6L to my Dell, Windows XP desktop using the new cable.   Windows XP did create a USB port and identifed the 6L but all print failed.  The operating system looks like it properly identifed the USB cable.  I also tried adding a generic LaserJet printer using that new USB Port but that did not work either.  I think my problem lies within the printer or drivers. 

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Does the 6L self-test print?

Disconnect the USB adapter from the XP computer and re-connect it, what happens?

What SP is on the XP computer?

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I self tested twice and both worked.    I disconnected the USB adaptor no less than 5-6 times with the same results.   I am running SP3. 

 

I tried to completely back out and start all over but I was not allowed to delete the new USB port that was created when Windows XP identifed the cable. 

 

Also, I tried the new cable on my company laptop which also runs Win XP, SP3 with the same error results.

 

I was going to return the new cable until I saw your note about Win 7.  At worse case I can connect and reconnect the Parallel cable to run the printer with my desktop and use the new cable to connect the new laptop that is coming.  However, I would really like to run them both via USB.    thanks again for your input.

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What happens if you connect the Adapter without being connected to the 6L?

 

You may also want to look at another adapter. (StarTech ICUSB1284)

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I connected the cable without attaching and saw no response from the Dell.   Nothing good or bad.  I reconnected it to the printer with all the queues drained.  I sent a document to it and the document is sitting in the queue with a  "Printing" status.  I pressed the printer bar just under the status lights (front of printer) and it printed a test page. 

 

 

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Do you see a new USB device in the Device Manager?

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Yes

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I have checked all USB controllers, including the USB Adaptor cable and they all report that they are working properly.  I am running through the Device Manager troubleshooting steps now but so far all looks as if it is working properly.

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