USB to Parallel printer cable F12 x64

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Hello list;
  I have an older HP laserjet IIIP printer.
It has serial and Parallel connectors only.
Of course my MB only has USB.
I have a couple of USB to Parallel smart cables.

I have been using an 
"Belkin USB F5U002 "
lsusb: "Bus 006 Device 003: ID 05ab:0002 In-System Design Parallel Port"
, with success.

The other is:
"Epson USB Adapter"  (model # ISD-103) smart cable
lsusb: "Bus 005 Device 004: ID 04b8:0002 Seiko Epson Corp. ISD Smart Cable for Mac"

I just put the printer on my F12 box and cannot get it to work.
I had a USB printer working here just fine, so printing works.

lsusb:
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 05ab:0002 In-System Design Parallel Port

This worked fine under Fedora 9/10/11 but not 12.
I am running F12 x64 fully updated.
When I run system-config-printer it is not detected.
It will not let me add a printer.

I tried power-cycling the printer, reseating the USB plug etc.

It seems that the printer setup is invisible to the user now.
What happened to the pull-down list of printers?

KDE Info center -> USB Devices shows:

Class 0((Defined at Interface level))
Subclass    0
Protocol    0
USB Version 1.00

Vendor ID 0x5ab (In-System Design)
Product ID 0x2 (Parallel Port)
Revision 1.04

Speed 12 Mbit/s
Channels 0
Max. Packet Size 0

The printer is connected and powered up.

Plugging/unplugging the Epson cable /var/log/messages:

[[email protected] ~]# tail /var/log/messages
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=9, Product=12, SerialNumber=23
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: Product: USB-Parallel Adapter
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: Manufacturer: EPSON
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: SerialNumber: 06625020vnao2id3
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost kernel: usblp1: USB Bidirectional printer dev 5 if 0 alt 1 proto 2 vid 0x04B8 pid 0x0002
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost udev-configure-printer: invalid or missing IEEE 1284 Device ID
Feb 17 12:39:05 localhost udev-configure-printer: invalid or missing IEEE 1284 Device ID ��#001���
Feb 17 12:39:47 localhost kernel: usb 5-1: USB disconnect, address 5
Feb 17 12:39:47 localhost kernel: usblp1: removed

(yes those funny chars are on the screen)


So how do you connect a parallel printer to a USB port and make it work now?

Thanks
  Mick M.



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