adding a printer

Reply

  #1  
Old 05-11-01, 08:37 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: NE Conus
Posts: 505
Question

Hello folks!
Just thought I would float a question here. I have a Dell P2 266xps running windows 95b. At present i have a Canon BJC 6000, which suffices for me, running on this. However, the other half wishes to also have a HP 4L also running as a choice. I have a A/B switch and cables that are IEEE128 compliant to hook this up with. Anybody see any problems with installing this new printer with the A/B switch. The drivers are listed in the 95 directory.
Just trying to get input so I dont bring down the whole house of cards here!!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 05-11-01, 09:45 PM
Member
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Lake Murray, SC USA
Posts: 1,461
I tried a similar experiment with an HP LaserJet 4ML and an HP DeskJet 870CSE. Problem is the printers cannot establish two-way communication thru an A/B switch. At least they couldn't with the switches available about a year ago.

My solution was to add another parallel port for the second printer. It works fine, plus no switches to switch.
 
  #3  
Old 05-12-01, 05:57 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: ottawa canada
Posts: 1,165
Not all connections on every a/b switch actually switches all wire/pin connections. This causes some problems depending on what is connected to them. What you need a an A/B switch that actually switches completely all pins/connections on the cable. Discuss the matter with some of the better computer supply stores and they may have a switch that will do the job, but these switches may be more expensive than what you got now.

Another option is to get a second LPT port , your computer likely has only 1 LPT port to connect a printer, you could add a port but getting an appropriate expansion card and pluging into a available slot in the motherboard.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes