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I have a scanner which uses an enhanced parallel port connection. How do I detect what type of parallael port i am presently using and what type my system will support?
(If this involves viewing addresses where do i find them?)
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by:cmcgee
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Check your Bios. Usually there is a setting for your parallel port showing type and address.

Hope this helpd

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If you use Win95, in the system properties, see printer port properties, it will tell you how your BIOS is set.

You can change the setting in the BIOS to in periferal.
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Hello Bryan,

There are two ways we can go about doing this, both are mentioned above but I will try and give a bit more detail.

If you go into My Computer| Control Panel|  System| Device Manager:
You will see the *Ports* heading, inside there, you will find your printer port, if it says "ECP Printer Port", you're allready set up and no modifications are needed.

If you re-boot your computer, you'll probably see the "Press [DEL] to enter setup", You also might need to press [F1] [F2] or [F10] to enter setup depending on your machine type.

Once in setup, you will be able to configure your printer ports under one of the menu headings.

Good Luck
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Could you just clarify one point. In my bios i have only two choices, SPP or ECP.  When I set ECP and use a scanner utility to try and detect EPP it won't. It will still only detect SPP. I heard that some bios have a EPP/ECP setting. So what is the difference between EPP and ECP.
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SPP is *Standard Parallel Port*
ECP is more advanced than EPP,  EPP=Enhanced Parallel Port = Advanced Bi-directional functions..

ECP= Extended Controller Port.

ECP *is* EPP + More, so you're going to be fine using the ECP mode.

Glad I could help!

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