Please help me connect my old printer (HP Laserjet 1100) to my new computer (HP 9400 running Vista). I think I'm almost there but need some help putting the last pieces into place.
I'm with the folks on AskMe who love
old workhorse HP printers. Ours is still in fine form and I'm hoping to be able to make it work with our brand new computer.
First issue was finding a parallel-to-USB cable. Did that and when I plugged it into the computer it was recognized as new hardware, but the automatic search for a driver didn't find what was needed. There was an option to find/specify the driver manually but I don't know where to look--search doesn't turn it up.
HP's support site says the driver's on Vista already. And when I tried to "add a printer" through the control panel, the HP LJ 1100 is indeed an option. However, I can't figure out how to direct it through the USB--only ports offered are LPT# and COM#, which I don't think is what I'm looking for.
I don't know much about hardware and don't want to fuck up my new computer. After some googling (clearly I am not the first to have this problem) it seems like my options are:
1)Get and install a card w/a parallel port into my computer
2)Download a closely related driver (for the LJ 1100 for a different OS) and use that as the choice for the manual install
3)Give up and buy a new printer.
Suggestions? Workarounds? Will I fry my hardware if I try to send print jobs through this cable combo? Will my new operating system freak out if I use a different driver? Any and all answers appreciated!