How can I use an old printer with parallel cable on a new Mac?

Sue March 29, 2010

Is there anyway that I can continue to use my old HP4M printer with my new mac? Love the printer and it still has a lot of years in it yet, but don’t know how to transition it or is this impossible?

    June 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    buy an adapter and then try GutenPrint (i believe this comes preinstalled on the newer mac versions)

  2. ænon1mus
    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Tina is absolutely right. Get a parallel to USB cable converter. Although I believe that the printer driver may be built in to the OS. Which version of OS X are you using?

    • Sue
      May 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      Will need to ck. system v. when I get home.

  3. Tina
    March 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm


    you can use an adapter from parallel cable to USB, so that is not a problem.
    Amazon has them:

    Is your HP4M a LaserJet?
    In that case you'll find the drivers here:

    Good luck!