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Bill George
02-23-2015, 9:58 AM
Considering a 1999, Universal M-300 and the tube is new/rebuilt exchanged as of a month ago. Owner says Parallel and XP, but will it run on a USB to Parallel cable? I see Windows 7 drivers on the Universal website.

Wondering if owners of this machine can share some knowledge on how well it works?

Brian Leavitt
02-23-2015, 11:16 AM
I'm sure it will be fine. I run our older X2-600 and X-660 on USB-to-Parallel cables. Only problem I've ever had was needing a USB repeater due to the length of my cables. Best bet, to be sure, would be to give ULS a call and ask them.

Nicolas Silva
02-23-2015, 7:45 PM
I am currently running an M-300 on Windows 7 using a USB to Parallel cable. Never had a problem. Like you've already seen,
make sure you have the correct print driver from ULS.

Art Swander
03-11-2015, 2:15 PM
I am also running an M-300 on Windows 7 and Windows 8. I use a USB to Parallel cable and have had no issues at all once I found a good cable. That was a little bit of an issue, as I tried about 3 different brands of cables before I found one that would work everytime. My recommendation is to find one with an FTDI chipset, the manufactures who use these will usually proclaim boldly that they do. Once I tried that one, I have been using it for about a year and a half with no issues at all. Just make sure that you go to the ULS Website, and get the latest drivers, available for free, and you will have no problems at all.

Bill George
07-12-2015, 9:41 AM
I am also running an M-300 on Windows 7 and Windows 8. I use a USB to Parallel cable and have had no issues at all once I found a good cable. That was a little bit of an issue, as I tried about 3 different brands of cables before I found one that would work everytime. My recommendation is to find one with an FTDI chipset, the manufactures who use these will usually proclaim boldly that they do. Once I tried that one, I have been using it for about a year and a half with no issues at all. Just make sure that you go to the ULS Website, and get the latest drivers, available for free, and you will have no problems at all.

Art do you have a Brand name to post? I am about to do the same thing. my old XP computer with Parallel port is out in the shop. With my newest Lenovo ThinkPad I can get 5 bars out there, with my old XP it struggles to get 1 or 2 bars. Shopping for another Lenovo now and it will be only USB.