Any device that connects to the computer, such as a printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard or mouse.

Can I get an adapter cable to plug my printer with parallel port to USB?

Parallel Port card

Episode 912

Dave from Glendale, CA

Dave has an old HP laserjet and he's getting a new computer and is worried that he won't be able to use it. Leo says he can get a parallel to USB cable, but the drivers won't see it. One possibility is that HP makes JetDirect, an Ethernet connection for printers. Dave could instead get a Parallel port card to install in the desktop and that would allow him to see the printer.

How can I print from my iPad? (Part 2)

Episode 907

Mary from Orange County, CA

She could get an AirPrint compatible printer. HP printers are supported by AirPrint out of the box. She can also search in the app store for "AirPrint" and "Canon" (her current printer) and she might be able to find a driver that will run on her computer making that printer available to her iPad. The printer will need to be on the network or shared in some way, though.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 905

This week's gadget is the Cord Cruncher. It came from Kickstarter and it automatically retracts and contracts with a simple tug. Kinda clever. Decent sound. Comes in Pearl Blue, Rocket Red, and Matte Black. Leo says it would be great if you could add your own headphones. Cost is $25 and it's available exclusively on their website.

Another crazy, functional gadget is the Baker's Band ... it's a silicon band that fits around your baking dish to prevent boilovers.

Why won't Windows 7 let me install my printer?

Episode 904

Randy from Los Angeles, CA

He's tried everything he knows to install it, but nothing has worked. Leo says that there may be a group policy setting that may be preventing him from installing a printer. Go into Group Policies and look for 'Point and Print restrictions'. It may be need to be enabled.

Here's a few notes from Microsoft and CJWDev on how to troubleshoot it.


Episode 872

Jim from Huntington Beach, CA

Jim has a nice monitor that takes forever to turn on. Leo says it should turn on immediately, so it’s obviously time for a new monitor. And 17″ is kinda small these days. Dell sells 24″ monitors, like the ST2420L, for around $250.