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jdubxxl

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I have a Canon Multipass multifunction from a number of years back that did not come with USB capability, but I recently purchased an adapter cable. Windows XP recognized immediately that i've connected a printer via USB, so I think the cable is fine. I changed the port in the printer settings to USB001 (USB002 was also listed), but when I try to print, there is no communication taking place. Could my Canon drivers or print managing software be interfering? Thanks for your thoughts.
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Does your motherboard not have a parallel port on it, usually a long purpose one on the back where the keyboard and others things go? The ports might be years old but still exist on modern systems.

Usually you can plug the printer straight into there with a parallel cable and tell the computer to use port LPT1 instead.

Adaptors can cause more issues than they solve, so I wouldn't recommend using them unless there's no other way to get round it.
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Hey Neil... Sure, i've been using the unit for years with the standard parallel cable, but I recently built a custom desk in my den, and I didn't want to cut a hole in it big enough to get that mammoth connector through. I got a response from Canon (in about 2 hours... phenomenal support for such a large company, not to mention for a product that's 4 or 5 years old!) and they say their printers won't work with such an adapter. I didn't notice any compatibility lists when I was researching it. Oh well, I also discovered that you can get a refurbed multifunction for $40, so i'll just get one that's all USB.

Thanks for your thoughts
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