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Old 03-23-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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USB to parallel adapter for printer?


I need to connect parallel printers to computers with no parallel port. Can anyone recommend a USB to parallel adapter that's supported by Linux, and works well? All the ones on Ebay say they support Windows only.
 
Old 03-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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I may be uninformed, but looking at the offerings at tigerdirect.com, it's just a cable with a usb plug at one end and a parallel plug at the other. It's just hardware; no software; therefore not OS dependent.
 
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I may be uninformed, but looking at the offerings at tigerdirect.com, it's just a cable with a usb plug at one end and a parallel plug at the other. It's just hardware; no software; therefore not OS dependent.
A look at the pinouts of USB & parallel interfaces will make it clear there has to be some circuitry involved. Some come with a driver CD, some don't.

There are several threads here about problems some have had with USB to parallel adapter cables. What I'm looking for is a recommendation for a particular one that's known to work well with Linux.
 
Old 03-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #4
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They do contain electronics which require drivers and in general are supported. Without knowing the chipset inside or the manufacture it is difficult to tell if a particular adapter cable works.

Its been awhile since I've played with them but about the only manufactures I know for sure works are Belkin and Radio Shack as well as those that use the Prolific and FTDI chipsets. I quick search found logilink adapters work too.
 
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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I did a simple search for usb to parallel linux and found many posts and products.

Every device in linux needs a driver last time I checked. (well,99%)
 
Old 03-24-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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Some PCs are supplied without a parallel port connection on the case, but it may be possible to purchase a kit that will plug into the motherboard and give you a parallel port connection.
 
Old 03-27-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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allend is on a preferred track; if you have an empty slot, a parallel port expansion card will be far more reliable than an a converter dongle and the lpt modules are already part of Linux.
 
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Here's a link to a PCI card that is advertised as (Linux Compatible)

http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/Parallel
 
  


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