Before getting upgraded to a new pc with Windows 7, I was on XP and had my own HP Laserjet Plus 4 that I didn't have to share with anyone...it just plugged in to the pc parallel port.
So now I've got this snazzy new pc, but my jurassic printer won't connect--because there's no serial/parallel ports on it --being that they're completely ancient and useless nowadays.lol
So here's my dilemma...how do I get the printer connected to the PC??? The bossman sprung for a new pc, so there's no way I'll get a new printer-or even a used one...I'll be stuck with this thing until it catches fire (no joke haha).
I understand there are adapters we can buy, but the one I need only comes in a 6-ft length (Belkin brand)...the parallel cable I had previously is 25ft. I can't find anything usb to parallel that comes in that length...and the way my office is set up, there's no other option but to use a long run of cable from the pc to printer (I can't move any of the equipment from where it is now for various reasons).
So, smart people, please send me some suggestions for what to do in this situation.
I'm totally stumped. I thought maybe connect a shorter cable to the parallel cable and plug the new one into the usb port--but I don't know if that's even possible. And (please don't flame me haha) but the Mac-lover in me is just screaming, "What about wireless printing???!!!"haha Isn't there a bluetooth add-on for my printer--because that would make life **way** simpler for me... lol
So any comments, suggestions and or help would be very very much appreciated.
(My IT person wears several hats here and she hasn't had time to 'fix' my problem--instead I'm supposed to try to order 'whatever parts' I need to fix it....