Conecting new printer to a 286
cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Jul 5 16:10:38 CDT 2010
On Mon, 5 Jul 2010, Glen Slick wrote:
> Yes, you are confused. Tony's problem statement to which I replied
> was capturing print data from a vintage PC to a USB capable host PC,
> not printing from a vintage PC directly to a USB printer device.
Who here is NOT confused?
BOTH ideas are being discussed.
The OP was for trying to print directly from a non-USB machine to a
The easiest way to do that, would of course, be to transfer the data to a
PC that has a printer, even if that printer is USB.
There are some here who are talking about what it would take to make an
adapter to convert from "centronics" output to USB, in order to connect a
USB printer to a non-USB machine. The EASIEST form of such an adapter
would be an existing PC with parallel AND USB ports. Software to input
one port, output another port is obviously not a big deal. The part being
discussed would NOT work for that purpose, because it expects to be
connected to a USB computer. On the other hand, that part COULD be used
for making a "centronics" input on a USB computer, which seems rather
pointless, since bidirectional parallel ports are readily available and a
USB controlled "centronics" input is readily available in the form of
bi-directional USB to parallel adapters.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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