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Using the USB to Parallel adapter on a Mac

We carry a USB to Parallel adapter that works great with Macintosh computers. Not only that, but it is easy to setup. Just follow these simple instructions:

1. Plug the parallel end of the cable into your printer.
2. Plug the USB end of the cable into your Mac.
3. Open up your Printer List

4. Click on the Add button
5. When the dialog box comes up, select USB from the drop down menu

6. Select the printer from the list and click on the Add button.

If you see that the Drivers are not installed (as shown below) then you will want to check to make sure the drivers for the printer are available for Mac, and that they are installed on your system.

If you suspect that there may be something wrong with the adapter then:

1. Open up your System Profiler
2. Select USB from the Contents list (you may need to double click on Hardware for USB to show up)
3. Once you have selected USB, look under the USB Device Tree on the righthand side. You should see a device labeled IEEE-1284 Controller.

The IEEE-1284 Controller is the USB to Parallel adapter. If you see this then the cable is installed correctly and working properly. If you cannot get it to work, then try it in another port, or on another computer. If it still doesnt work, then it may be defective. Contact the company you purchased it from and seek for additional tech support.

If you suspect that you may have compatibility issues with your printer, then do a search on the internet for your printer model, USB and Mac. You may find a solution.


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