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    Parallel port printer

    I am contemplating a replacement for a five year old laptop. The main issue is connecting a parallel port printer, HP LJ 1100, which I still greatly value.

    Any new laptop is going to have Win 10 OS, and is not going to have a parallel port. I searched WSL for "parallel" + "port", found one post - HP LaserJet 1100A printer problem under Win7 - describing the same issue about two years ago, also with a HP LJ 1100. One of the replies pointed him towards a USB-to-parallel-port cable, available from Office Depot. Both the OP of that post and I live in the UK, so I am looking particularly for non-US Loungers who have solved this issue. Did you - the OP from that post - find such a cable other than from the US? Is there another way, apart from junking what, for me, is still a very serviceable printer with some excellent features?

    Edited to add: I should have mentioned that the LJ 1100 has one of those non-standard micro centronics parallel ports that seemed to have been somewhat of a dead end in the early 2000s!

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    I still have one and dug it out of my 'spares' box to take a photo.

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    It's just a standard 1.8 mtr USB cable with a parallel port at one end. There's no maker's name on it but, when plugged in, USBDeview shows a 'Vendor Name' of 'Agere Systems, Inc (Lucent)' and a 'Product Name' of 'USS720 Parallel Port'.

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    I no longer have a printer with a parallel port but I used this Parallel-to-USB cable for several different printers in its time with no drivers needed. Just plug in and go. It cost me about 10 at the time but I see they're now about 4.

    EDIT: I've just seen your edit about the HP LJ 1100 having a mini-Centronics port. Amazon UK are selling what looks like a suitable USB cable. Have a look at https://www.amazon.co.uk/USB-Mini-Ce.../dp/B001RY0CA6. The comments/reviews seem to confirm it works with the HP LJ 1100 using Win 10.

    Hope this helps...
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    Handy device to have in your toolkit! Although you'll probably never use it.

    Great walk down memory lane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps
    Handy device to have in your toolkit! Although you'll probably never use it.

    Great walk down memory lane!
    I'm embarrassed to admit I had to dig past 2 beige AT keyboards, several PS/2 keyboards, two 56k internal modem cards and four 10/100 NICs to get to it, none of which I'll ever use. Shades of 'the hoarding is strong in this one'. Time for yet another clear-out.

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    Rick - many thanks for your help! It's reassuring to discover that I'm not the only one to have a bottom drawer full of out-of-date hardware. My wife will be SO pleased!

    Jim - thank you, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    ...two 56k internal modem cards and four 10/100 NICs to get to it...
    I can use the 2 modems, and the best 2 of NICs, how much do you want?
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    My favorite tool is a PCI card that provides native PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. Alas, no computers have had PCI slots for a very long time!

    Years ago I bought a brand new, still in the shrink wrap, external CD-reader -- it plugged into the parallel port. The guy sold it to me for US$10! It sat on my shelf for a long time, still in the shrink wrap, till I finally opened the package and plugged it into the parallel port of my Vista-era eMachines computer. It didn't work, because the rules had changed, and it was no longer compatible. I had no real use for this device, other than as a trip down memory lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS
    I can use the 2 modems, and the best 2 of NICs, how much do you want?
    According to 'she who must be obeyed' my eyesight is rubbish. Apparently it's 6 x identical USB Robotics 2884 internal 56k modems.

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    In addition it's 2 x SMC 1211 10/100 NICs and 1 x 3Com 3C905B 10/100 NIC.

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    The 'real' boss (yes, dear, of course I meant you ) would love them to be gone so, if you're serious about wanting them, PM me. It's not appropriate to continue within this thread due to it being both off-topic and, I suspect, contrary to rule 12 (advertising).

    Hope this helps...

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    It's not appropriate to continue within this thread due to it being both off-topic and, I suspect, contrary to rule 12 (advertising).
    Rick - you said it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnFleming View Post
    Rick - you said it!
    Yeah, sorry. Went off at a tangent. Mea culpa...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    It's not appropriate to continue within this thread due to it being both off-topic and, I suspect, contrary to rule 12 (advertising).
    The only issue I have with the advertising of a product or service is when it is offered independently, not as a solution to a problem. Anything that can help cure an issue should be fair game when done in Response to a question.

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