My old computer died...
Well, not so much died, as got thrown out of the house by somebody who intentionally mistook it for a piece of old junk.
And now I've no way to connect one old printer which I use for some stuff. The printer is Epson LQ-570 / P2, with a parallel port. I'm on a laptop with Windows XP, which hasn't got a parallel port.
I tried buying one of those usb-parallel port cable adapters, and installing them. Got so far as to manage Windows to recognize the cable, installed the drivers for the printer, but never managed to print anything. No error of any kind, it "sends data" to the printer - just nothing comes out.
Anyways, I've used those cables before, and my experience has been that they're pretty unreliable. One works, the other one (from a different manufacturer) doesn't. Never did figure out why.
So, my question is ... has anyone ever used a usb-parallel adapter which certanly works with this printer, and could suggest a model? And is there a difference between a usb-parallel adapter and a parallel port on a PCMCIA card - maybe I could go and buy one of those, and then try connecting with that?
All suggestions welcomed !