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Losing parallel ports?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Dave H., Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Dave H.

    Dave H. Guest

    Hi all,
    I hope I'm in the right place, I'm having trouble with a Compaq P4 1.5G,
    512M Ram, W98-SE, which loses its parallel ports - the built-in and a PCI
    add-in card to allow more than one deviceat a time. I can see 'em in Device
    Manager, and access attempts seem to be OK, but printing is garbled and
    attempts to access a MIDI interface (MOTU attached to the parallel port)
    always fail saying it isn't detected - huh? Is there a simple test that I
    can perform to verify whether the port is faulty or a windows issue is
    affecting the port?

    Dave H.
    Dave H., Sep 29, 2004
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    Boot knippix (-> google) and try with Linux. If that works,
    it is Windows. If not, it is something else.

    Arno Wagner, Sep 29, 2004
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    Joseph Fenn Guest

    I personally use a/b switch box in the parallel port cable so I
    can switch it to whatever I want on power up. Extra Zip drove/
    Printer/CD-R/W burner. Actually its a A/b/C/D box so I have
    a choice of 4 items I can set the switch to before power up.
    Have no problems at all.
    Joe (aka kilroy)

    * Army MARS State Coordinator for Hawaii *
    Joseph Fenn, Sep 29, 2004
  4. Dave H.

    Dave H. Guest

    Thanks for that, I tried that with a single parallel port, but having to
    reboot every time I wanted to do something different was a hassle (PC's
    always on) - hence two parallel ports! If I could get a serial driver for
    the MOTU I'd use its "Mac" port, but there seems not to be anything for it

    Thanks, anyhow,
    Dave H.
    Dave H., Oct 1, 2004
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