Printer Slowdown - Change in Cable

rwl
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I recently purchased a laptop (Dell) that requires USB paripherals. My printer (Canon bjc-80) is parallel to parallel. I purchased a cable that is parallel to usb. The printer now takes serveral minutes before printing pages...

What is causing the slow printing and is there something that I can do to return printing to normal?
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Commented:
rwl,
make sure you install the USB driver for the printer, not the parallel driver, check out the canon website.
rwl

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Commented:
canon says use xp device driver...they don't offer a new xp driver?
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rwl,

Check this


http://www.printer-drivers.com/drivers/86/86677.htm

Might work for xp

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rwl

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Commented:
well...sunray, i down loaded the xp driver but that driver is for the "scanner" function of the printer. it did not speed up the printing.

could it possibly the cord is longer than the original parallel/parallel? 6' versus 4'?  any other possiblities?
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

Commented:
Maybe the cord is having interferance from power cables laying next to it, have you tried moving the cable around.

LucF
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer

Commented:
I'm sorry...but isn't this printer about 6 years old?  The manual doesn't even provide driver installation instructions for Win98 (but they got 95 and 3.1 covered!)  I really hate to suggest this, but don't you think it might be time to get a new printer (made this century)? The inket technology has advanced at a ridiculous rate since the BJC-80 was new.  I understand you want to have a portable printer, but truly....

-dog*
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rwl,
Any feedback please...
rwl

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Commented:
Canon says that the printer does not support USB and parallel! That solved the problem...you're the only one that followed back-up. Thanks.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

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You're welcome.

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