I've got a non-soundcard question I hope someone might be able to help me out with...
I've got an old parallel port scanner that I'd like to use as a USB device. I've been looking for months, but the problem is that aside from some rather expensive USB 2.0 hubs (serial / parallel / ethernet / etc) that may or may not work [and some explicity state they only work for printers], there are NO parallel-to-USB cables for devices other than those for lowly printer connections.
There are low-cost cables for serial-to-USB (for PDAs, camera, etc), but no USB cables for parallel devices like scanners -- only for Printers.
Not knowing much about USBs other than the basics, can someone explain why no one has one of these cables?
Is it too difficult or impossible, engineering-wise? That USB and Parallel architecture/connectivity are just too different for proper conversion between the two methods of data transfer? This would seem odd, since there are printer-to-USB cables abounds...
Is it simply cost prohibitive (ie, no real demand, no one would buy them, so why make them)?
Just looking for any reason why they don't already exist, in light of the proliferation of other <item
>-to-USB cables that already exist out there. Thanks for any help or explanations you can give.