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September 11, 2005 3:26:08 AM

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For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other Deskjet
(color) 820Cse. They are both parallel connected through a switch and never
had a problem. One notebook has Win 98SE and the other XP Professional.
Here is the BIG problem:

I just got a Dell notebook (with XP Home Edition) which has only 3-USB ports
and one PCMCIA. I took me a week but got the black and white connected with
a 36-pin to USB adapter, but I cannot get the color printer to PRINT anything
that I typed in Word or Wordperfect using the same means of installation. It
prints anything from the Internet or selected sections of an existing
document, though, but with my own documents It goes through the motions but
the page comes out totally blank.

Any ideas, please? Thanks
Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:18:20 AM

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Probably will never work, no matter what you do.

To connect to/from a USB device, the device itself has to have hard coding
written into it so the PC to which it is connected is aware of what is
connecting to it. No data... no connect.

Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
except buy a newer one.

You can try as many cables as you like, but if the data is not present in
the unit (in this case the printer) the PC has no idea what is trying to
connect and will not allow a connection to take place.
--
Cari (MS-MVP)
Printing & Imaging



"Helpless" <Helpless@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F1812924-9A8F-46AD-AE4D-F9A4D0A6B6BD@microsoft.com...
> For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other
> Deskjet
> (color) 820Cse. They are both parallel connected through a switch and
> never
> had a problem. One notebook has Win 98SE and the other XP Professional.
> Here is the BIG problem:
>
> I just got a Dell notebook (with XP Home Edition) which has only 3-USB
> ports
> and one PCMCIA. I took me a week but got the black and white connected
> with
> a 36-pin to USB adapter, but I cannot get the color printer to PRINT
> anything
> that I typed in Word or Wordperfect using the same means of installation.
> It
> prints anything from the Internet or selected sections of an existing
> document, though, but with my own documents It goes through the motions
> but
> the page comes out totally blank.
>
> Any ideas, please? Thanks
September 11, 2005 12:49:03 PM

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I would be willing to accept defeat except that the black and white is much
older and less sophisticated. And if it prints just about anything in color
from the Internet including "links" why not a .doc or .wpd that I am typing
or have typed print? Why a whimsical function?
Thanks for any more comments or suggestions

"Helpless" wrote:

> For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other Deskjet
> (color) 820Cse. They are both parallel connected through a switch and never
> had a problem. One notebook has Win 98SE and the other XP Professional.
> Here is the BIG problem:
>
> I just got a Dell notebook (with XP Home Edition) which has only 3-USB ports
> and one PCMCIA. I took me a week but got the black and white connected with
> a 36-pin to USB adapter, but I cannot get the color printer to PRINT anything
> that I typed in Word or Wordperfect using the same means of installation. It
> prints anything from the Internet or selected sections of an existing
> document, though, but with my own documents It goes through the motions but
> the page comes out totally blank.
>
> Any ideas, please? Thanks
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Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:13:26 PM

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On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
> except buy a newer one.

There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
"universal docking station"
WITH quotes.

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
"My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
"The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
"I was misinformed."
September 11, 2005 4:13:27 PM

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Thank you Stan - I would not go down fighting and I will do as you suggest.
What brand did you get and were you having the same problem and it got solved?

"Stan Brown" wrote:

> On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> > Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
> > except buy a newer one.
>
> There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
> Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
> serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
> "universal docking station"
> WITH quotes.
>
> --
> Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> "I was misinformed."
>
Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:13:27 PM

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"Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
news:MPG.1d8e21ae2e35b618989766@news.individual.net...
> On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> > Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
> > except buy a newer one.
>
> There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
> Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
> serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
> "universal docking station"
> WITH quotes.

I missed some of the beginning of this thread, so if the
OP has already stated that they don't have any PCI slots
free, ignore this suggestion.

You will probably be better served by buying a USB
PCI card than with a parallel-USB converter. The
"converters" often do NOT correctly implement one
side or the other correctly and cause problems.

They're cheaper as well.


>
> --
> Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> "I was misinformed."
Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:13:28 PM

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Oops, I see now that you're running a laptop.

Revised suggested solution:

donate the printer to your local school, get a newer one.

If you place any value on your time at all, you will spend
more $$ trying to work around this than you will on the
new printer.


"V Green" <vanceg@nowhere.net> wrote in message
news:%23rbVx2utFHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>
> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1d8e21ae2e35b618989766@news.individual.net...
> > On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
> > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> > > Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
> > > except buy a newer one.
> >
> > There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
> > Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
> > serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
> > "universal docking station"
> > WITH quotes.
>
> I missed some of the beginning of this thread, so if the
> OP has already stated that they don't have any PCI slots
> free, ignore this suggestion.
>
> You will probably be better served by buying a USB
> PCI card than with a parallel-USB converter. The
> "converters" often do NOT correctly implement one
> side or the other correctly and cause problems.
>
> They're cheaper as well.
>
>
> >
> > --
> > Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> > http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> > "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> > "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> > "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> > "I was misinformed."
>
>
September 11, 2005 4:13:28 PM

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I am inclined to follow Stan Brown's suggestion, however, economy is high
priority. Could you clarify (just in case) what OP and PCI mean? My IBMs
have two PCMCIA slots, this Dell has only one. Is that what you mean by PCI?
If I have that slot busy with a card I would not be able to print then,
right? But would this solution would be a sure thing and considerably less
expensive, or just about the same? Sorry, not a very good knowledge of tech
vocab.
Thanks

"V Green" wrote:

>
> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1d8e21ae2e35b618989766@news.individual.net...
> > On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
> > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> > > Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB port,
> > > except buy a newer one.
> >
> > There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
> > Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
> > serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
> > "universal docking station"
> > WITH quotes.
>
> I missed some of the beginning of this thread, so if the
> OP has already stated that they don't have any PCI slots
> free, ignore this suggestion.
>
> You will probably be better served by buying a USB
> PCI card than with a parallel-USB converter. The
> "converters" often do NOT correctly implement one
> side or the other correctly and cause problems.
>
> They're cheaper as well.
>
>
> >
> > --
> > Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> > http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> > "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> > "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> > "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> > "I was misinformed."
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:13:29 PM

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Sorry, I see now that you have a laptop. See my
other post re: getting a new printer.

"Helpless" <Helpless@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AEEB4C2B-CA25-4F26-8672-14F1D3B836A8@microsoft.com...
> I am inclined to follow Stan Brown's suggestion, however, economy is high
> priority. Could you clarify (just in case) what OP and PCI mean? My IBMs
> have two PCMCIA slots, this Dell has only one. Is that what you mean by
PCI?
> If I have that slot busy with a card I would not be able to print then,
> right? But would this solution would be a sure thing and considerably less
> expensive, or just about the same? Sorry, not a very good knowledge of
tech
> vocab.
> Thanks
>
> "V Green" wrote:
>
> >
> > "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
> > news:MPG.1d8e21ae2e35b618989766@news.individual.net...
> > > On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:18:20 -0700 in
> > > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Cari (MS-MVP) favored us with...
> > > > Nothing whatsoever you can do about it if the printer has no USB
port,
> > > > except buy a newer one.
> > >
> > > There are commercial parallel-to-USB cables. My own solution was a
> > > Universal Docking Station, which is a self-powered USB hub with
> > > serial and parallel ports. Search Google for
> > > "universal docking station"
> > > WITH quotes.
> >
> > I missed some of the beginning of this thread, so if the
> > OP has already stated that they don't have any PCI slots
> > free, ignore this suggestion.
> >
> > You will probably be better served by buying a USB
> > PCI card than with a parallel-USB converter. The
> > "converters" often do NOT correctly implement one
> > side or the other correctly and cause problems.
> >
> > They're cheaper as well.
> >
> >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> > > http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> > > "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> > > "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> > > "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> > > "I was misinformed."
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
September 11, 2005 4:25:08 PM

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On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 23:26:08 -0700 in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Helpless favored us with...
> For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other Deskjet
> (color) 820Cse.
>
> Any ideas, please? Thanks

Please don't post the same article multiple times. That just wastes
time for everybody.

"What is the accepted way to share a message across multiple
newsgroups?" http://smjg.port5.com/faqs/usenet/xpost.html

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
"My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
"The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
"I was misinformed."
September 11, 2005 4:25:09 PM

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My apologies - absolute desperation.
Helpless

"Stan Brown" wrote:

> On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 23:26:08 -0700 in
> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, Helpless favored us with...
> > For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> > printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other Deskjet
> > (color) 820Cse.
> >
> > Any ideas, please? Thanks
>
> Please don't post the same article multiple times. That just wastes
> time for everybody.
>
> "What is the accepted way to share a message across multiple
> newsgroups?" http://smjg.port5.com/faqs/usenet/xpost.html
>
> --
> Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> "What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?"
> "My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters."
> "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert."
> "I was misinformed."
>
Anonymous
September 12, 2005 4:07:57 AM

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Seems strange as selected portion of the document prints. How does the Print
Preview look ?
In Word, check Tools | Options | Print tab for any options that might of
been turned off.

"Helpless" <Helpless@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F1812924-9A8F-46AD-AE4D-F9A4D0A6B6BD@microsoft.com...
> For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other
> Deskjet
> (color) 820Cse. They are both parallel connected through a switch and
> never
> had a problem. One notebook has Win 98SE and the other XP Professional.
> Here is the BIG problem:
>
> I just got a Dell notebook (with XP Home Edition) which has only 3-USB
> ports
> and one PCMCIA. I took me a week but got the black and white connected
> with
> a 36-pin to USB adapter, but I cannot get the color printer to PRINT
> anything
> that I typed in Word or Wordperfect using the same means of installation.
> It
> prints anything from the Internet or selected sections of an existing
> document, though, but with my own documents It goes through the motions
> but
> the page comes out totally blank.
>
> Any ideas, please? Thanks
September 12, 2005 4:07:58 AM

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Jonybrv - I do not see anything unusual, particularly after comparing with
the IBM that has XP Professional. What else can you think of, please?

"Jonybrv" wrote:

> Seems strange as selected portion of the document prints. How does the Print
> Preview look ?
> In Word, check Tools | Options | Print tab for any options that might of
> been turned off.
>
> "Helpless" <Helpless@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F1812924-9A8F-46AD-AE4D-F9A4D0A6B6BD@microsoft.com...
> > For a number of years I Have had two IBM notebooks and two HP Deskjet
> > printers. One is a Deskjet Portable (black and white) and the other
> > Deskjet
> > (color) 820Cse. They are both parallel connected through a switch and
> > never
> > had a problem. One notebook has Win 98SE and the other XP Professional.
> > Here is the BIG problem:
> >
> > I just got a Dell notebook (with XP Home Edition) which has only 3-USB
> > ports
> > and one PCMCIA. I took me a week but got the black and white connected
> > with
> > a 36-pin to USB adapter, but I cannot get the color printer to PRINT
> > anything
> > that I typed in Word or Wordperfect using the same means of installation.
> > It
> > prints anything from the Internet or selected sections of an existing
> > document, though, but with my own documents It goes through the motions
> > but
> > the page comes out totally blank.
> >
> > Any ideas, please? Thanks
>
>
>
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