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joe in wilkinson    Posted 01-18-2021 at 16:22:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Definitely O.T.
  • I want to print an AutoCad14 file from an old HP Compaq desktop computer with WINXP and a 25 socket printer port, to a newer HP Officejet 8702 All In One printer, which has USB ports. Can I do this if I can find a cable with a 25 male pin configuration on one end and a USB male plug on the other end? So far, I do not have a cable like that and wonder if I should look further to find one. I KNOW this is not a computer forum, BUT this is where the experts reside.

    Kimberly    Posted 01-23-2021 at 10:21:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Interesting project. Can you export the the AC-14 file to a format that you can then print on the main computer? Also, you might look at virtual box on the main computer. You can find ready to run image files for virtual box or you install virtual box and then create a machine and install WinXP. Virtual Box machines have access to all the ports of the main machine. You might could also get AC-14 to run on a Linux box directly using WINE. I have plenty of old hardware to play with this if you were closer.

    joe in wilkinson    Posted 01-23-2021 at 20:12:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks Kimberly, you have given me a couple of other things to try. Quite detailed, so I want to try them before I comment further. I want you to know I am not ignoring your suggestions. More later.

    Bob Kuba(TX)    Posted 01-18-2021 at 17:07:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here is such an adapter, but don't kbow if it will work with AC14 file.
    bob

    Joe in Texas    Posted 01-18-2021 at 23:20:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • We have these where I work, but I don't think it will work like it's needed in this case. I think this cable is designed to use a parallel printer with a newer computer with only usb ports. Don't think it will work backwards.

    Just butting in, sorry....

    joe in wilkinson    Posted 01-18-2021 at 18:06:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks Bob. This has the fittings that I need. Will wait a little longer for someone to tell me it will work.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-19-2021 at 12:54:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Is your AC-14 currently an authorized/legal Auto-Desk version or a bootleg copy? If legal, you can ask their Help Desk. If an illegal copy, you won't be able to ask them without getting geeked. Will be interested in how you resolve.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    joe in wilkinson    Posted 01-19-2021 at 14:11:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim: I am a perfectly legal owner. I bought 13 and then upgraded to 14 back in the early 1990's. I no longer design for a living, but occasionally use it. Also, it is my understanding that AutoDesk no longer supports 14, but I will check. To further complicate the problem, WINXP is the latest version that will run AutoCad14, so this is the reason I need to use the old HP Compaq desktop computer. I usually plot to my HP450C, which is a 24" wide printer, but it will also accept 8.5 x 11 media. I connect it directly with a 25 pin printer cable. I wanted to print this application with a much newer HP Officejet 8702. This printer only has USB and wireless inputs and the old WINXP computer only has a 25 pin output printer connection and is not wireless (or at least I don't think it supports wireless). More info than you wanted to know. At 86, everyone else is bull headed except me. I just still have some perseverance. LOL I am also a legal owner of a 1949 Ford 8N, so that entitles me to come here and talk to the experts. Thanks to all.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-24-2021 at 07:11:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hey Joe-
    Ok, just had to ask. Back 20 years ago fellas were going to Kazza and downloading a bootleg version. When I was going to school for engineering, the college offered a special student discount on Autodesk products and so I bought my own copy. I had to renew it ever year after that and still have it but, no longer uses it as I'm retired since 2012. I still have an old PC, a stand alone unit with no Internet access. I only keep my AC and files on it. So, Auto Desk should be able to answer you questions.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    steveVa    Posted 01-19-2021 at 16:37:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You can email the plot files to your local printer and have them make you pdf files. Then you can print the pdf files on your new printer.
    You may also be able to save your acad files as a pdf and send it to your newer computer.

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