my father in law has just been given a very old pc to learn on. It has no USB ports, and all the new printers on the market, unless you want to spend a fortune only come with usb connection. Is there a way of connecting a usb printer to a pc's serial port? maybe a serial to usb b kabel?
would be to buy an used parallel port printer for less money than a new adaptor. There are serial-USB, USB-serial converters around but the max data rate would be 115Kbs (top speed of serial chips) and the printer would be exceedingly slow, especialy with graphics. I would also doubt that these gadgets would work to full specification and only offer a subset of serial support.