I have an old HP Laserjet 4L that is plugged into my new-ish Dell via a USB parallel port - you know, just a cable with a Centronics on one end and a normal USB plug on the other. It works very well, except for if I leave the computer on for a long time, the printer appears to go into some kind of power save mode, but doesn’t come out of it when I want to print!
Even rebooting doesn’t always solve the problem, which is frustrating. This has never happened when plugging the printer into an actual parallel port. I am thinking, if I could somehow disable what I am assuming is some power-save ju-ju, that would solve the issue....maybe. I am in kinda new territory here.
Any solutions, other than waiting for a cheap-after-rebate laser printer on slickdeals/fatwallet/etc.?
NB: the USB/parallel adapter I am using was about $10. Possible defect in this device?