A "friend of mine" has a Dell Inspiron laptop. Her kids recently damaged the USB port on the laptop and now they are not able to print using their only usb printer. Since the laptop is an older model used for a non-profit organization, they did not want to indure the cost of having to fix the USB port. They puchased a $5 ps/2 to usb adapter and tried to connect the printer . When they connected the printer to the adapter they still are not able to print. They said " I went into the printer
properties and looked at the list of printer ports and there was no PS2 listed. I tried every port listedand nothing worked." At this time they want to look at enduring the cost of having the onboard usb fixed.
1) Is what they are attempting the best ( cheapest) solution to enable them to print again ?
2) what is wrong with the adapter situation and why is it not allowing them to print?
3) If its not the best way around is, does anyone know what the cost would be to fix the onboard usb. ( I looked at it and its not just a couple pins, it would need to be replaced).