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Usb-Parallel port (for an old, but reliable matrix printer that has its special use) connections (cables) are unreliable. They sometimes work, sometimes don't - and since I installed Windows 7 I can't get neither of my old ones to work properly.

PCMCIA is usually considered (and it is) a much more reliable solution, but unfortunatelly, none of my new laptops has a PCMCIA slot.

So, all ideas are welcomed. What should I do? I'm open to all suggestions as long as you have some experience that they work more reliably than USB-Parallel cables and their wicked drivers.

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You said PCMCIA, so I am assuming a laptop. In which case: Does your laptop come with a connector for a docking port? (My experience with 'legacy replicator' docks for serial and paralel ports so far has been positive.) – Hennes Dec 8 '12 at 16:56
    
@Hennes - unfortunatelly, no. – Rook Dec 8 '12 at 19:12
    
You could try a small print server. I don't know how reliable they are though. – André Stannek Feb 3 '13 at 14:53

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