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New PC/Use printer with old-style parallel port connection - Adaptor options?

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I've ordered a new PC, due to be delivered this week, and I just realized that it doesn't have a printer port I can use. I have an NEC laser printer.

This shows the ports available in my new system:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3301601

What's my best option here? Should I get a USB to parallel port adaptor, or an IEEE 1934a port to parallel port adaptor (assuming there is such a thing)?  Advantages/disadvantages?  (I don't know anything about IEEE 1934a).

Thanks!
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I would go for USB as it will be easier to setup, Belkin make a good one I have used in the past;

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=20651

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a Parallel to USB adapter will work, i used to have one hooked up to my hp.
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I'd go with the USB to par routine.  Cheap and effective.
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by:nobus
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i have seen here MANY usb adapters that did NOT work - so my advice is a PCI to parallel port adapter card : (they are cheap)

http://www.nextag.com/pci-parallel-port/search-html
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by:phototropic
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Agree with nobus - it makes much more sense to install a parallel port PCI card.  In the UK they are actually cheapewr than USB/parallel adapters:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124003

Good luck!!!

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by:knoxzoo
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If your system is going to be on a network (do you have broadband?), then the simplest thing is to get a cheap print server.  I've had hit and miss luck with USB to parallel adapters.  The print servers just work.  

If you hadn't planned on being on a network, a print server and a standard crossover cable will allow you to network the two machines together without all the extra fuss.

http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=parallel+port+print+server&qxt=home&display=col

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=parallel%20port%20print%20server&bop=And&Order=PRICE

Or, the old standby, eBay.  http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37.l1313&satitle=parallel+port+print+server&category0=
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by:cedric80
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I would agree with PCI to Parallel port, it supply more stable power than USB do. Some brand selling cheap but some expensive, it's depends on your budget.
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i still think my suggestion is the best..
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