How to configure a parallel printer to a USB port? (18111 Views)
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Registered: ‎06-12-2012
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Re: How to configure a parallel printer to a USB port?

I have a similar problem: I have a beautiful, old HP LaserJet 5P printer connected to my new HP Pavilion HPE  running Windows 7, via a 16899 USB To DB25 IEEE-1284 Parallel Printer Adapter Cable.  The HP LaserJet 5p printer prints - however, it always prints an extraneous sheet before the first print job after the printer is turned on.  Also, it sometimes also prints an extraneous sheet before subsequent jobs.


Being tired of wasting so much paper, I googled the mysterious strings printed on the extraneous page.  I learned that the older printer does not understand the commands from PJL (Printer Job Language), which is actually an HP language.  Apparently PJL grew some new commands after the HP LaserJet 5P was manufactured, and so the printer just echos (in this case, prints) the commands which it does not understand, thinking that they are text to be printed.  Therefore, the HP LaserJet 5P needs a new driver to filter out and perhaps reformulate the newer PJL commands.


The HP support page for the LaserJet 5P tells you to go to Control Panel, Printers, etc... and then accept the driver supplied with Windows 7.  But there is no driver there for the LaserJet 5P.  The driver which evidently was automatically installed when I plugged in the USB connector for the printer does not understand the PJL commands -- thus, the extra pages. 


Does HP have an appropriate driver?  Or does HP just want us all to buy new printers :-(  The LaserJet 5p is an excellent product for which I repeatedly pay > $60 USD for cartridges ... it would be smart of HP to provide an effective driver.  Please reply with a link :-).  Thanks.

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Registered: ‎06-19-2012
Message 12 of 12 (4,325 Views)

Re: How to configure a parallel printer to a USB port?

I have the same issue. Windows 7 picked up my USB to Parallel cable/converter as well as my HP Laserjet 5P with Plug n Play but when i try to do a test print, it stays in the queue for a while showing "printing" and then shows "error - Printing". If i try to put it on a different port than USB001, it immediately shows "error".


Any advise on this?

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