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01-13-2014 09:03 PM
I have a neighbor that has to replace an older computer but would like to keep costs down by keeping the working printer/scanner, a PSC 500 with parallel port(no USB). The new PC she bought with Windows 8 has no parallel port, so I borrowed a Parallel to USB adapter from work. The adapter driver loaded successfully, but when I plugged in the printer cable and tried to add the new device Windows was unable to detect it.
According to the manual the adapter I have supports IEEE1284-1994. Would a different adapter possibly work better? HP claims to support this printer in Windows 8 but tech support on the phone wasn't familiar with the term "parallel port" and reminded me that the printer was well past its support lifetime.
If anybody has a working configuration for this or suggestions about how to get there I would love to know about them.