Converting parallel port to usb

Hello,
The idea of just getting a new cheap printer is fine for the most part; however, I have a HP Laserjet III (since about 1990) which frankly prints B&W better than the Cannon and Brother Inkjets and better than the Brother laser. So for me, I hope to be able to find a solution; otherwise, I have to sacrifice my sound card to insert a parallel port. So if anyone reads this and knows of a way to get the computer to recognize the virtual LPT1 port, I hope you will respond.
Paul
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  1. Something like this or this, perhaps?

    EDIT: I love newegg for computer parts, but I have yet to see the website that can compete with monoprice.com for price and quality on cables. The converters linked above are about 1/3rd the cost of the converter Paperdoc linked. CNet uses audio cables from monoprice.com in their test gear, and I've never had any problems with computer or a/v cables from monoprice.
  2. This one from Newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812107958&cm_re=usb_to_centronics-_-12-107-958-_-Product

    has good user comments (except one who could not get a multifunction unit to scan) and IS bidirectional.
  3. I had the same problem when my wife got a new computer...no printer port. I have an old HP LaserJet 4P that will probably outlast one of the newer disposable printers. It should it cost $1000 when new!

    Anyway I ended up taking the cheap way out and ordering a USB to parallel cable on ebay. It did kind of work and finally died after a few weeks. I ended up moving the LaserJet to another computer. So don't get a cheap one.

    Now I want to replace the older computer with a new build. I did find a motherboard with a Parallel port so I may go that way.

    Good luck and don't do like I did and try to spend too little!
  4. Best answer selected by croyd.
  5. coldsleep said:
    Something like this or this, perhaps?

    EDIT: I love newegg for computer parts, but I have yet to see the website that can compete with monoprice.com for price and quality on cables. The converters linked above are about 1/3rd the cost of the converter Paperdoc linked. CNet uses audio cables from monoprice.com in their test gear, and I've never had any problems with computer or a/v cables from monoprice.


    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to help me with this issue. Thanks again. Paul C.
  6. Paperdoc said:
    This one from Newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812107958&cm_re=usb_to_centronics-_-12-107-958-_-Product

    has good user comments (except one who could not get a multifunction unit to scan) and IS bidirectional.


    I wanted to thank you as well for taking the time to offer me help with the parallel printer. Now at least I have two available options. Newegg is more expensive but considering what I spent for the HP Laserjet III it is still worth it if it works and the other does not. Again, thanks for the help. Paul C.
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