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Old 03-07-2002, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default what are the advantages of a printer that uses USB vs Parallel Port??

I don't get it.
It seems to me that they're about the same.
So why should we use USB printer instead of Parallel port printer?
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:40 PM   #2
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Smaller plug, legacy free, faster data transfer. That's about it.
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:41 PM   #3
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:42 PM   #4
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:48 PM   #5
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Hhmm...I never saw hot swappability as a limitation to parallel....I mean, I can unplug the printer and plug it in without needing anything special (although I did fry the parallel port once...)
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:58 PM   #6
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USB uses a single IRQ regardless of the number of devices hooked up to it.

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Old 03-08-2002, 12:31 AM   #7
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Thank you all .... now I get it
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Old 03-08-2002, 12:46 AM   #8
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ECP/EPP parallel port has higher throughput capabilities than USB 1, but USB is easier to use and more versatile.
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