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I have an HP laserjet 5100 printer that connects to my laptop

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I have an HP laserjet 5100 printer that connects to my laptop using a 36pin to USB cable (no usb on back of printer)

Printing up until yesterday has been fine. Problem that I now have is that I get a message saying 'USB has malfunctioned' and print jobs sent to printer show as 'error - sending print' in the print dialogue box.

The USB port itself I beleive is OK as currently my mouse is plugged in and it works

I have unistalled USB ports and restarted laptop and they have re-installed, but problem still persists.

I haven't re-installed printer drivers as didn't think this was the problem

I have tried using an old cable I had which is a bit worn (not sure if it any good anyway), but this did not work

I have tried using a different laptop, but get the same USB malfunction message

I have today ordererd a new cable

What else could cause this?


I see that you have tried many different things, in an attempt to get this working.

May I start a screen sharing session on your computer and help you resolve the problem? I will send a remote link within minutes after your response, so please keep refreshing the page.

Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The printer in question is at my home office where I will be from about 6pm, are you around then?

Yes, that will work.

What time zone are you in?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

GMT - London, UK. Where are you?

Very good. I will be here at 6pm (GMT).

Please, post a message when you are ready to begin.

Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Great, speak to you later

Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Hi Jason, you there?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

i'm ready for you to share my screen

Very good.

May I send you the link in approximately 20 minutes?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

yes, that's fine

Thank you.


Please, click the following link and allow the remote app to run:

Instructions for running the remote application:
- If you are using Internet Explorer, choose to RUN the application.
- If you are using Firefox or Safari, please, open the Downloads window and double click the Elsinore... application. (FIREFOX: In the top menu bar, click TOOLS > DOWNLOADS) (SAFARI: In the top menu bar, click Window > Downloads
- If you are using Google Chrome, please, click the Elsinore... button on the bottom left of your screen after it downloads.

Please, click the following link and allow the remote app to run:

Please, do not forget to click the Happy face on the bottom of this page and click Submit, if you are satisfied.

Thank you,
- Jason
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Hi Again


It's a Centronics cable.....just looked for ebay receipt


does that help? don't want to waste your time

I am sorry, but that can still be a few hundred different adapters.