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USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

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USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

Anyone have any experience with these, there are dozens on ebay
OS win 7 (64 bit), most specify win 7 (32 bit)
Printer HP LJ 5
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TORPC
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Re: USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

According to this listing
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Specification:
    USB - IEEE 1284
    USB 1.1 compliant, compatible with USB 2.0
    1 mtr in length
    Compatible with Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7(32 & 64bit)

Did phone another supplier and was told it wont fit the 64bit
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Re: USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

I have one, only ever used it in Linux though (32 & 64bit) no drivers needed there. If you need a driver then you may have issues but I don't remember the one I have coming with a disk  Huh
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Re: USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

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Re: USB to Parallel 36 Pin Centronics Printer Cable

I never had much success using a USB to Centronics adapter - albeit I was using an old LaserJet3.  The bi-directional component never worked.properly.
If you do need to keep the LaserJet5 operational, you could try using a HP JetDirect box to convert the printer to a Networked printer?  I've successfully got a jetdirect500 to drive a much loved LaserJet3 working on Windows7.  Another option is to add a Jetdirect card into the Laserjet5....    Both items currently available on Ebay  between £2 and £20
Maurice