Old PC needs new printer - Please Help!

  Chickadee 21:08 24 Mar 2006

I have a Tiny PC, 6 years old, Windows 98SE, and until today had an Epson Stylus C84 printer (which has broken.)
I went to Currys and then Comet today to buy a new printer, but in each store I was told that there was probably only one printer made that would connect to my old PC and they tried to explain about the connection. I felt very foolish because I didn't understand what they meant - and I still don't have a printer and I need one desperately.
Please, please can anyone explain in plain english what connection I need? Obviously, you can probably tell I love using my stuff, but don't really understand the technicalities. Thanks in advance.

  rmcqua 21:23 24 Mar 2006

Hi chickadee,
What they were trying to tell you is that nearly all new printers connect via a USB port. Your old C84 had a parallel connector and these have just about vanished from modern printers because the USB interface is much faster and the connectors are smaller.
If your PC does not have a USB port (it may have, you need to check) than you need to buy a PCI/USB adapter card and fit it into your PC. This will provide you with USB ports, like this one:
click here
You can then use any printer that you care to buy.
Hope this helps.

  Chickadee 21:34 24 Mar 2006

Thank you, so, so much! That's exactly the information I wanted, I shall print your answer and take it with me to PC World (or similar) tomorrow. I'm very grateful to you rmcqua, thanks!

  rmcqua 21:55 24 Mar 2006

You're welcome, and if you are looking for a very reasonably priced, general purpose printer (but good enough for photo quality if you want) the Epson D88 gets some good reviews.

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