using HP LaserJet 5L with powerbook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mcphone, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. mcphone macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2004
    San Jose CA
    I just switched from PC to Mac. I bought a powerbook G4 and want to do printing on my HP LaserJet 5L. However, the printer only has a parallel port that the powerbook does not have. Just wonder if there is anyway to print
    from my powerbook without going through a PC. Any suggestion?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If I wanted to spend money on an experiment, I would buy PowerPrint for the MacOS 9 driver and the USB to parallel converter. I would download the GIMP-print drivers. Hopefully, CUPS will have no problems using the USB to parallel converter to communicate between your computer and printer.
  3. hcuar macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2004
    I realize this may sound insensitive. "LET THE STINKING PARELLEL PORT PRINTER GO!!!!" Ok... I feel better. Seriously, USB is soooooooo much better. You should have been able to get a "free" HP 5740 inkjet. I realize it's not a laser, however it's a decent printer. I wouldn't even recommend using that printer with a new PeeCee. :rolleyes:
  4. mflender macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2004
    HP 5L
    This is the best price on the cable I could find. Go to Printer Setup Utility in Macintosh HD>Applications>Utilities. Open it. Go to add printer. Choose USB instead of Rendezvous. Choose HP under drivers and select the HP Laserjet 5 Series Gimp-Print Driver. Should work like a champ. $8 plus shipping versus a new printer.

  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    You could also look into a print server. Many manufacturers offer these including Linksys, d-link, and other networking companies. I use a model I got from ebay for $20 and although I think it is older than me (27), it does the job and satisfies my geeky tendencies since it has a terminal interface.
  6. Macs R Us macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    Here on My Mac(s) in my house in the USA!
    I persoanly don't like the HP 5L but thats just me, you can get a Parallel to serial if you don't have one then get the PC serial software for Mac so you can use any PC one on a Mac... I use that with a Micro 16/8 and it works fine.

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