I have recently bought a new HP computer and I am having a problem connecting my old printer to it. I have an old HP LaserJet 4 that still uses a Centronics printer cable. Since my computer is new, I want to find ways of how I can make my old printer work. What cable do I need to buy to make these two compatible with each other?
My new HP computer is not compatible with my old printer
Earlier printers support the original printer cable or parallel cable that connects to the printer port or LPT port. LPT stands for “Line Print Terminal”. I know modern CPU and computer brands still support parallel connection for backward compatibility with older printers but I just don’t know if there are new ones that no longer supports this port.
Now, if your CPU no longer supports parallel connection or it doesn’t have an LPT port or printer port, what you can do is buy a USB to parallel cable like this one from Newegg: 3ft USB to Parallel Printer Adapter Cable.