1 printer 2 pcs - advice needed please

  User-F2543C90-A375-4957-AC5715C260074746 09:58 24 Jul 2005

I have one printer to use from 2 computers -there is only one form of input for the printer - the usb type.One is a company laptop which is locked to all new progs so I can install no new software.
I need to connect the 2 to one printer - this means that any switching will have to be manual.I have normal usb printer leads - with small sqare end for printer - do these fit into the PS2 connections which Ive seen on the maplin ad. Ive copied below - (I was sold wrong thing at pc world yesterday )
CPU Switch Box 2 PS2
• Manual data switch box
• High quality data transfer switch
• 2 users share one device
• PS2 and monitor connectors
• Heavy duty rotary switch
• Metal case for full shielding

This high quality data transfer switch allows multiple users to share a peripheral device and providing an economical option to purchasing additional peripheral or complicated networking solutions.>

If theres any other solution please let me know.Thanks for reading!

  DieSse 10:49 24 Jul 2005

You,ve been sold the wrong switch - you need, as examples click here

I suggest you take it back and ask for a USB switch, which is what you need. Take a printout of the web page with you in case of lack of knowledge at the suppliers.

A google search for ... usb switch ... will show you other places where you can buy such switches.

  smudge101 10:54 24 Jul 2005

You could set the two computers up as a network and then use the network printer share.

Probably a more flexible arrangement for some.

If you need more info let me know

  pj123 11:29 24 Jul 2005

Does the laptop have a printer driver installed for the printer you are using? If not, and you can't install the relevant printer driver it won't work.

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