Need to connect a Mac Pro to an old HP 5P Laser printer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jay kleiman, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. jay kleiman macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2007
    does anyone know where to get a cable to connect a Mac Pro USB input with the output of an HP 5P laser printer. The printer has an integral cable ending in a 25 pin male plug?
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    The cable you are seeing coming from the back of the printer is not integrated. There is a pop-off door on the side of the printer that will expose the connectors on the printer.

    The door conceals the connectors and the cable comes through the door to make it look nice.

    Open the door, and unplug the cable.

    You will then be able to use any USB to Parallel printer interface. They can be purchased at any Radio Shack or similar electronics store.

    That's how I have my 5p connected to my Mac.


    Here's the link for the Radio Shack cable:

    You can get them at places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and others as well. Usually sells somewhere between $15 and $50 depending on the store and brand.
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Localtalk to ethernet bridge ... or a parallel port to ethernet bridge.

    Don't think you will find a USB solution unless the machine also has a serial port.

    Or the USB to parallel interface solution.

    Edit: looks like someone gave you a link already.

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