Old Canon Multipass C5500 and USB

By Noviceman
Jan 25, 2008
  1. I have the same issue as massagegirl had back in 2003. I couldn't find a reply to her issue, so I'm posting it anew. I have an HP Pavilion a1410y with USB ports but NO LPT ports, running XP Home. I bought a USB-to-parallel cable to connect my Canon. Windows hardware wizard finds and identifies the device but cannot find the software to install it. I downloaded a driver for XP from one of the driver websites (XPC5500) but Windows can't find whatever file it is looking for in XPC5500. If I launch the installation directly from XPC5500 it works OK except that when it comes to selecting the desired printer port, the only ones offered are LPT1, 2 or 3. No USB port is selectable. Short of buying a card with LPT ports on it, does anyone know of a workaround?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I would allow Windows to automatically set it up, but that file (it's looking for) if you go Ok OK and then browse, what is the filename it wants ? Is it part of the XPC5500 package (you may need to extract this package, I use Winrar.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,144   +597

    shutdown the system

    plug in the USB-Lpt adapter and connect to the printer with power on

    now boot the system; auto discovery should do the right thing (we hope)
  4. Noviceman

    Noviceman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope, auto discovery doesn't do the right thing. Its looking for a file called "setup information", I think. I'll try winrar.
  5. Noviceman

    Noviceman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope, winrar doesn't work. Its looking for a file that was archived using winrar, which c5500.exe was not.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    What about allowing: automatically searching for the driver - online.

    These parallel devices drive me mad mind you, it was the same when there was no USB; setting up these devices sometimes took 1 minute and sometimes took hours.

    HP online has an automatic driver find and setup on their home support page, I wonder if canon does that too.
  7. Noviceman

    Noviceman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have let Windows look online for a driver, but it failed. Canon doesn't even have a driver for this device on their website. I even went into control panel, printers and faxes, clicked on the Canon, selected properties, and changed the port from LPT1 to USB. That didn't do it either. If I go into device manager and click on the Canon, the system says the device is working properly, but if I click on "driver", it says no driver has been installed. But it has been installed, by launching from the downloaded driver file. If I launch troubleshooter, it just verifies that the printer won't print. What a runaround.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I think it has come down to one of two options:

    1 Buy a parallel card (although I wouldn't)
    2.Purchase a USB printer (yes that's the one)

    I'll leave the choice with you.
  9. Noviceman

    Noviceman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Good advice! Although I'll probably keep trying to make it work for a while before I finally succumb.
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