Windows 7 - USB to Parallel Adapter

Asked By Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 12:39 PM
Question about USB to Parallel Adapter: I want get thermal POS printer with parallel interface, like this
sample:
http://swiftautoid.com/manage/images/2010613151212.jpg
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/7215/freeshippingparallelpor.jpg

I want connect POS printer to notebook which have USB ports only, will the printer work if connect it via
USB to Parallel Adapter Cable, sample:
http://www.byterunner.com/byterunner/category=USB+to+Parallel+Adapters

There are noted that this cable will not work with non-printer type parallel devices. Not sure is the thermal
POS printer a "non-printer type parallel device"?

Regards




pjp replied to Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 01:34 PM
Suspect it is find out from manufacturer or else insure seller has a return
policy and try it. Can't be too common a thing to want but at same time
seems like it is not a first try.
David H. Lipman replied to Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 02:36 PM
From: "Aldingo" <aldingofx@news.eternal-september.org>


What is the make & model of the POS Printer ?

It is a DB25 Female interface which makes it a bit odd.  This looks like a good fit.
http://www.byterunner.com/byterunner/product_name=CBL-IEEE-USB25/user-id=/password=/exchange=/exact_match=exact

However the biggest problem would be the OS driver to actually print to it.


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Aldingo replied to David H. Lipman on 10-Dec-11 03:25 PM
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manufacturer is Gainscha Auto ID Co. Ltd, model Gprinter GP-5860III

http://www.gainscha.com.cn/download.asp?lan=zh-en&skin=4&id=4
David H. Lipman replied to Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 04:38 PM
From: "Aldingo" <aldingofx@news.eternal-september.org>



It looks like you are covered.

Let us know how you make out.

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Aldingo replied to David H. Lipman on 10-Dec-11 05:41 PM
@news3.newsguy.com:

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If connect this adapter cable to PC with Win XP or Win 7, there is no need to install drivers?
I just plan purchase this POS printer.

Regards,
Aldingo
Paul in Houston TX replied to Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 05:44 PM
The answer is:  Maybe.
If the driver or the printer does not require two-way com between
printer and computer, it will work.
Some do, some do not.  The older and dumber the printer the better
the chances of it working.
At $8 USD for a converter it may be worth a try.
David H. Lipman replied to Aldingo on 10-Dec-11 07:51 PM
From: "Aldingo" <aldingofx@news.eternal-september.org>



No you must install the printer drivers for the OS to work with the printer.

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J. P. Gilliver (John) replied to Paul in Houston TX on 10-Dec-11 08:58 PM
In message <jc0nf8$4if$1@dont-email.me>, Paul in Houston TX

The USB to parallel converter may require a driver (I do not know if such
will already be included in Windows).

If the printer would have needed a driver if it was connected to a real
parallel port, then it will still need one if connected via an adapter;
if not, not.

I presume POS means point-of-sale; if _all_ that can do is print
standard text, then "generic" will probably do. If it can do things like
logos, double-height text, etc., then it will need a driver, though I'd
be slightly surprised if it will not work as one of the standard ones
(mostly EPSON) that are built into Windows.
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David H. Lipman replied to J. P. Gilliver (John) on 10-Dec-11 10:16 PM
From: "J. P. Gilliver (John)" <G6JPG@soft255.demon.co.uk>


The USB to parallel converter should Plug 'n Play w/o drivers in XP and above.


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BillW50 replied to David H. Lipman on 11-Dec-11 06:29 AM
David H. Lipman typed:

Well I would not think so. As I never seen them work that way yet.
Although I have more experience with those USB to serial adapters
myself. As I rarely use those parallel ones nowadays.

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David H. Lipman replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 07:46 AM
From: "BillW50" <BillW50@aol.kom>


I have a Belkin F5U002 that works as purported.  Albeit it is USB to Centronics vs. USB to
DB25.




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BillW50 replied to David H. Lipman on 11-Dec-11 07:54 AM
I would guess it depends on the chipset the adapter uses. Because the
ones I had used did not work with XP without a driver. I never tried
parallel with Windows 7. And I will check later today if my Windows 7
needs one for the USB to serial adapter.

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SC Tom replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 08:59 AM
I have not tried a USB to parallel adaptor since early XP days, but my USB to Serial adaptor requires a driver on both my
XP and Win7 PCs. I use it to record data from my ODBC code reader.
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David H. Lipman replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 09:02 AM
From: "BillW50" <BillW50@aol.kom>


That is a very true statement.

Serail is a totally different matter.  Most of the time these USB to serial converters
create virtual COM ports.  Most software however look for COM1 ~ COM34 and not COM ports

Often the software expects to see IRQ3 or IRQ4 and I/O ports; 3F8, 2F8, 3E8 or 2E8


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SC Tom replied to SC Tom on 11-Dec-11 09:28 AM
That should be "OBD2 code reader." Don't know where I got ODBC; have not been there in at least ten years :-)
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BillW50 replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 11:15 AM
Okay I looked for the USB to serial driver and it is not installed on
this Windows 7 machine. So I plugged in my USB to serial adapter and
Windows 7 knew it was an USB/serial controller, but complained that
could not find a driver.

Checked under the Device Manager and sure enough, it was not operating
due to the lack of a driver. Checked the COM ports and no new COM ports
were there either. So for this chipset at least, Windows 7 still needs a
driver.

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BillW50 replied to David H. Lipman on 11-Dec-11 11:23 AM
I just tried it. And Windows cannot doing anything with it without a
proper driver. It cannot even create a virtual COM port without the driver.

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David H. Lipman replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 11:36 AM
From: "BillW50" <BillW50@aol.kom>



Like I wrote, serial is a totally different matter

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J. P. Gilliver (John) replied to BillW50 on 11-Dec-11 12:37 PM
In message <jc2kv7$s3c$1@dont-email.me>, BillW50 <BillW50@aol.kom>
writes:
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I do not think Windows _did_ know what it was: it may have said "USB to
serial controller found", but that is likely a string of characters read
from the chips in the device - it does not know what they _mean_. (It
could have said "arthroscopic pengulator found" - does not mean it knows
what one is.)
Indeed.
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BillW50 replied to J. P. Gilliver (John) on 11-Dec-11 03:50 PM
I thought about for a tenth of a second and it became so obvious that
you are indeed correct. ;-)

Another behavior that supports your statement, is at least under XP...
as if you plug it into a different USB port than it was already
installed before, it asks for the driver again. So once you install the
driver again and again for all USB ports, now it is happy. Is this common?

Another interesting thing before I got one of these USB-serial adapters
was I thought I could have as many of them connected at a time. And I
bought like a dozen of them. Well guess what? The driver only works with
the first one plugged in and ignores the others. My guess this is a
limitation of the way the driver was written. As I would think Windows
would support many of them as long as the driver did.

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