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connecting parallel ZIP drive to WINBOOK XP

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I have a paralel ZIP 100. Installed with IBM thinkpad  on Windows 95 - runs OK.
Tried to install on a WINBOOK XP (486/75). When I try to install on windows 95 it "cannot find tools drive". When I run "guest95" it does not find the drive. But installs OK with DOS.
INSTALL is 5.3 (I think tools too, could not find where is the version)
Any idea ? Is it because of the fact the WINBOOK is 486 ? Or the printer port is "legacy" ?
Another piece of info: Even with th Thinkpad 760 "guest95" does not work (when I connect the drive while computer is working). when I connect and reboot, the drive is there (in "my computer") and works fine.
Q. Is the problem known?
Q. How to bypass it?
Q. Any other idea?
I will double the points if the answer also solves the problem

Some more info:
Thhe PC does not have the EPP or other options for the printer port. There is NOTHING to set up with the port (bios). And a reminder: Works OK with DOS.
There is NO printer connected there.
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by:doddd
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Three things to try.
1. Disable powersave functions.
2. Remove bidirectionality from the parallel port (especially if you are piggybacking with a printer).
3. Try other modes of parallel SPP, ECP etc in BIOS.
4. Check in 95 for conflicts with other devices (Right click on My Computer => Properties => Devices.  Is anything marked with a cross, etc?
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by:James Elliott
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I have heard of this problem once before and it was due to a dodgy parrallel port.
In your case the fact that it works in DOS means that the port is fine. Maybe the problem is in windows or the way windows manages the port. I suggest that you install the tools from the tools zip disk in dos and use them to examine the port in windows. It should fix things. If not, post a comment and let me know what happens and I wil try to help you some more.
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by:yoram
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I tried the DOS instoll over the windows 95 command prompt. May be it created wrong autoexec and config.sys lines, because windows 95 could not start untl I removed those lines. It was a week ago and I may try it again to give more details.
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by:yoram
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There are no conflicts.
Windows 95 does not start with "16 bit" driver installed with DOS.
I suspect it is something about the port being not EPP, but I am not sure about it.
Any more ideas?
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by:JBURGHARDT
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Are you shure taht guest95 you are using is for pp zip drive because there two types one for scsi and for pp zip drive. If you have guest95 and tools for scsi it will never work as it first is looking for scsi card then for scsi zip drive. Go to iomega website and get drivers. EPP is not the problem, if you don't have EPP pp they zip drive will be slower but since it works with dos there is no problem with pp as windows95 run on top of dos just as windows 3.1x did
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by:yoram
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Thank you. Sorry for the time, I was in hospital
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I feel better.
Thank you.
Yoram.
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