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HP Laserjet 6L under Windows 10

LiquidRetro 12,661 4,824 June 29, 2016 at 06:03 AM
Built a new PC about a month ago and it's running Windows 10 Pro. I am running in the beta program to get newer builds of windows but the slower ring. I have an old HP Laserjet 6L that's connected via a printer port to USB adapter cable that for the past 10 years has been running fine under Win 7. Well on the new PC I was able to get it installed with the windows drivers, and Windows sees it. However you print a test page or anything else and you get the first page showing the driver on a few lines and then 20 blank pages. Pretty sure the printer is compatible but wondering if it's not the cable isn't compatible with W10.

Wondering at what point do I walk away from the printer. It does what I need as I don't print much. It's old but in generally good shape and I have what's probably $90% full toner. So it seems silly to walk available.

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HP used to have a "Universal" driver that would work for most of their printers. Perhaps see if they have it for Win 10?
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hook it to a computer running an older version of windows or linux and try setting up a print server / shared printer. Then try adding that to windows 10.

It could be an issue with the lpt to usb adapter or just printer drivers. Unless you've got another windows 10 machine with a proper lpt port it's hard to test.
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hook it to a computer running an older version of windows or linux and try setting up a print server / shared printer. Then try adding that to windows 10.

It could be an issue with the lpt to usb adapter or just printer drivers. Unless you've got another windows 10 machine with a proper lpt port it's hard to test.
Printer and cable worked great on previous windows XP (Back in the day) and Windows 7 64bit machines more recently. So I think it's more of a Windows 10 thing. I don't have any older windows machines handy at home, I suppose I could grab something from the boneyard at work to test on but I think it's primarily a W10 thing, even though the computer detects the printer correctly.
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Printer and cable worked great on previous windows XP (Back in the day) and Windows 7 64bit machines more recently. So I think it's more of a Windows 10 thing. I don't have any older windows machines handy at home, I suppose I could grab something from the boneyard at work to test on but I think it's primarily a W10 thing, even though the computer detects the printer correctly.

Considering you can get a decent B&W laser printer for well under $100 (and a decent all-in one for maybe $120). it might be time to decom the 6L or sell it for whatever you can get on Ebay. You certainly have gotten your money's worth out of it. Plus, from what I remember of the 6L, it was notorious for paper jamming and was not the greatest printer even in its day imo.
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I'm no fan of the 6L, but I can understand using it till the toner's out.

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Can you borrow a new(er) USB-to-Parallel cable? My (total) guess is the chip in the cable is too old to work with Win10.
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Check to see if your router has a usb for a printer. If so see if you can set it up via network.
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And I'm assuming you're using the Windows 7 drivers as I didn't see W8 or w10 drivers for this model. That's not a good sign for guaranteed support on the new OS. One reason why lots of people hated being forced to upgrade. Perfectly good hardware and software now defunct when they worked just fine the day before on Windows 7.
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Quote from YanksIn2009 View Post :
Considering you can get a decent B&W laser printer for well under $100 (and a decent all-in one for maybe $120). it might be time to decom the 6L or sell it for whatever you can get on Ebay. You certainly have gotten your money's worth out of it. Plus, from what I remember of the 6L, it was notorious for paper jamming and was not the greatest printer even in its day imo.
Ya this was kind of my thoughts, it might be time to upgrade to a newer laser. However the amount of pages I print are low enough I just kind of hate to spend the money you know?

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I'm no fan of the 6L, but I can understand using it till the toner's out.

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Not a big fan of dell printers but I get the point. Finding a deal on a cheap brother with 3rd party support is probably in my best intrest if I can't get this to work.

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Can you borrow a new(er) USB-to-Parallel cable? My (total) guess is the chip in the cable is too old to work with Win10.
If I had one or knew of one I would try this, I suspect it's the problem.

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Check to see if your router has a usb for a printer. If so see if you can set it up via network.
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And I'm assuming you're using the Windows 7 drivers as I didn't see W8 or w10 drivers for this model. That's not a good sign for guaranteed support on the new OS. One reason why lots of people hated being forced to upgrade. Perfectly good hardware and software now defunct when they worked just fine the day before on Windows 7.
Good idea with the router, I do have support on my current router and Tomato I Believe. I suppose it would not be the worst to have to go to the basement every time I needed to print. I don't really want a printer in my rack but I suppose I could install a shelf. http://i.imgur.com/Gy7mT4H.jpg

The printer is built into the windows 10 driver list and it is detected, I just doesn't print usable pages. It seems as though lots of people have had parallel printing problems under Windows 10.
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Good idea with the router, I do have support on my current router and Tomato I Believe. I suppose it would not be the worst to have to go to the basement every time I needed to print. I don't really want a printer in my rack but I suppose I could install a shelf. http://i.imgur.com/Gy7mT4H.jpg

The printer is built into the windows 10 driver list and it is detected, I just doesn't print usable pages. It seems as though lots of people have had parallel printing problems under Windows 10.
That was my point with the print server / shared printer suggestion earlier. You generally still have to have a printer driver in W10, but sometimes a more generic one will work and it removes the lpt adapter from the equation.

Regarding a router, it's tricky if the parallel adapter would work that way, a computer would be more reliable. There are also print servers that connect directly to parallel ports. Somewhere I've got an ancient Dink DP-101 with 10 Base T ethernet (a really infuriating product). Craigslist / ebay / local surplus store may yield some surprisingly functional old tech.

I like your odds of getting a PCI /PCIe parallel adapter working better than your odds of getting a USB one to work.
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How about using an HP JetDirect print server? This one connects to your network and provides a parallel output port for the printer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-JetDir...SwFGNWRiFJ

Might be worth a try for $15.
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That was my point with the print server / shared printer suggestion earlier. You generally still have to have a printer driver in W10, but sometimes a more generic one will work and it removes the lpt adapter from the equation.

Regarding a router, it's tricky if the parallel adapter would work that way, a computer would be more reliable. There are also print servers that connect directly to parallel ports. Somewhere I've got an ancient Dink DP-101 with 10 Base T ethernet (a really infuriating product). Craigslist / ebay / local surplus store may yield some surprisingly functional old tech.

I like your odds of getting a PCI /PCIe parallel adapter working better than your odds of getting a USB one to work.
Not even sure I have a parallel cable anymore I would have to go through the boxes. Its an idea. I was thinking maybe of trying a Raspberry Pi and Cups Linux to get it on the network.

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How about using an HP JetDirect print server? This one connects to your network and provides a parallel output port for the printer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-JetDir...SwFGNWRiFJ

Might be worth a try for $15.
Didn't think about this, I would need a cable though. Would have to hunt that down. I was thinking maybe of trying a Raspberry Pi and Cups Linux to get it on the network with the adapter I have.
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Maybe try this solution: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/posts/31928

You can fix this by turning off bidirectional support:

- Right click your printer, select properties
- go to the ports tab, uncheck Enable bidirectional support.
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Not even sure I have a parallel cable anymore I would have to go through the boxes. Its an idea. I was thinking maybe of trying a Raspberry Pi and Cups Linux to get it on the network.



Didn't think about this, I would need a cable though. Would have to hunt that down. I was thinking maybe of trying a Raspberry Pi and Cups Linux to get it on the network with the adapter I have.

Why spend anything on a Raspberry Pi, cables and what not when you literally can get a new B&W laser printer for around $50 to solve the issue and get better results to boot? There comes a point when fixing\sticking with an antique is just not worth it.
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