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How can I set up 8 different printers to print at same time on 1 PC?

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I have 8 printers which I want to be available on 1 PC, all of the time. Windows 95 supports this many, but I was wondering if anyone knows of an interface adaptor which would allow this (eg an 8 port Parallel Interface adaptor).

All 8 printers may be required to print at the same time, and I am not on a network.

It's too much effort for me to keep changing cables over, and I'm not sure that switch boxes are up to the job.
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There's two ways of doing this, one cheaper and more cumbersome and one more expensive and easier.

The cheap way is to get four twin-parallel I/O cards (3-Com and Rooster manufacture such) and install them in your computer, then hook up each printer to a different port. The problem is that Win95 will only natively recognize three I/O cards at once, so you will have to acquire software (the board manufacturers often have it, and shareware is available) to force Win95 to recognize the fourth board.

The easy way is to order Part Number PI752A, the MultiPort Spooler 8 [12-port version], from Black Box (www.blackbox.com). This little device is a software driven port switcher that hooks your LPT1 port to as many as 11 printers at once. Switching between printers is handled at the software level, so you don't have to manually switch between them.

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