Conecting new printer to a 286
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Wed Jul 7 15:02:03 CDT 2010
> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:52:34 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>
> Subject: Re: Conecting new printer to a 286
> On Tue, 6 Jul 2010, MikeS wrote:
>> Seems to me all you'd need is a stock off-the-shelf Parallel>Serial
>> converter feeding into a Serial<>USB converter, no?
> AND another PC.
> That will work fine for transferring files from a non-USB computer to a
> USB computer. Although many of the off-the-shelf Parallel>Serial
> converters make assumptions about the computer's parallel port and are not
> always reconfigurable for all.
> The original post was about how to connect a 286 computer to a "modern
> The 286 machine does not have a USB port.
> Off the shelf Serial<>USB converters will NOT work unless they are
> connected to a computer with USB. They will NOT work connected to a USB
> printer without a computer that has USB.
Umm, yes, that's all quite obvious but I was commenting on Tony's
suggestion below; considering that most inexpensive "modern printers" can no
longer print ASCII, this is probably the way you'd have to go anyway:
> Um, I'm confused. The FT245R is a slave device. Would it not
> require a host controller to interface to a USB printer? The FT245
> ISTR always looks like a communications device.
It would, if you wanted to connect it straight to the printer. My idea
was a device to let you get the data off the classic machine onto a
modern PC, and then format/print it from there. In which case a slave USB
device is what is needed.
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