HP LASERJET 4ML to USB on Mac G3 or G4...how to get connectivity.
Posted on 2004-08-13
Hello, I have not found an answer that resolves the following. I would like to continuing
using my HP Laserjet 4ML (with either the parallel or Serial port) via a USB port...on
either the Beige G3 Desktop (running OS 8.6) which it is extremely slow in using via
the Localtalk serial port-to-Printer port connection when it comes to graphic-intensive
doc. processing.... OR....ideally...would prefer to MOVE it to another machine, a Dual Processor
Blue & White G4..and connect via USB port (only option) on that unit...to be used mainly
for text-only document printing.
The issue being.... The HP 4ML of course was designed, "pre-USB." but I've heard
scattered reports of it being able to be connected to a USB port on a Mac successfully but
there've been mixed reviews of this working without compatibility problems arising.
Bottom line question. What is the most realistic, workable solution to keep an otherwise
perfectly good, "workhorse" printer and use it on a newer OS. I don't know whether it
would make a difference, but i would be willing to upgrade the 'G3' to OS 9 if that might
make a difference in terms of compatibility or otherwise boost speed/performance be it
via the conventional printer-port Appletalk network or into the Adaptec USB slot card
that's installed on the G3. Overall performance speed is poor on the current setup (the
beige g3) on which it's connected and overall system is virtually 'paralyzed' while it is
'processing' any docs that entail more than text....such as jobs with multiple fonts, graphics,
etc. in a layout).
I have not found a definitive answer in searching this or other sites for this issue but
hopefully someone may have some fresh perspective to help me salvage this printer.
Other than this connectivity matter, hardware-wise it's a great economical printer and
is a shame to abandon just because it can't be usb-connected.
Thank you for any and all advice and feel free to request more specifics