parallel ports/usb cables

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Mark and Lenise Best, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Is there a way to "convert" a USB connection to a parallel port? I would
    like to purchase an inexpensive new printer to connect to an older Gateway
    system that does not have a USB port, just a parallel port (that's where the
    old printer connects). What is the best way to accomplish this?

    Mark and Lenise Best, Dec 22, 2003
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  2. Mark and Lenise Best

    Levance Guest

    You can purchase a Belkin 5 port USB 2.0 or 2 port PCI card to add to your
    system for less than 30 dollars. That what I did and it works great.

    Levance, Dec 22, 2003
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  3. Mark and Lenise Best

    Ben Myers Guest

    If your older Gateway is running Windows 98 or later, USB will work on it. Your
    best bet is to install a USB card inside the computer, assuming that it does not
    have a USB port of its own.

    If you are running Windows 95, the original incomplete "A" release, you are out
    of luck unless you upgrade to a more modern operating system. Windows 95B and
    95C support USB with the installation of a USB support pack from Microsoft.

    The industry trend is to eliminate the legacy peripheral (parallel, serial, PS/2
    keyboard, PS/2 mouse ports, floppy diskette) in favor of USB-connected devices.
    Now that USB 2.0 is available, most of the USB kinks are ironed out, and the
    trend is realistic... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Dec 22, 2003
  4. Mark and Lenise Best

    Ben Myers Guest

    Since you already have Windows 98 on the computer, installing a USB card should
    be pretty straightforward.

    1. CAREFULLY read manufacturer's instructions before doing anything. Some
    add-in devices require the software drivers to be installed BEFORE physical
    installation of the device, some AFTER.
    2. Unplug the computer from the wall.
    3. Open up the chassis of the computer, look for an unoccupied PCI (whitish
    colored) board slot. Remove the screw holding in place the narrow piece of
    metal which covers the board slot opening.
    4. Insert USB card into slot, and tighten the screw to hold the card in place.
    5. Install software drivers somewhere along the way.
    6. Plug in computer and make sure that the USB card is installed.
    7. Unplug computer, close up the chassis and put it back in place.

    Another posting stated satisfaction with a Belkin USB card. The name brand
    cards (Belkin has become a brand name in computer gear) tend to do a better job
    of compatibility testing, especially with older computers like yours.

    There are also USB-to-parallel adapters, both cables (not well proven) and
    little boxes that sit outside the computer to gather dust and clutter up your
    workspace. An internal USB card is the best solution... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Dec 22, 2003
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