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2nd Printer Port

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I have an Iomega Zip Drive and a Canon 620 Printer. The printer is bidirectional. Under the Windows 95 driver given, the driver conflicts wiht my Iomega Zip drive as they share the same parallel port. Presently I am using the Raster version to overcome the problem.

I still like the Windows version and there is the voice notification on the progress of the printing.

I was advised to install a 2nd printer port and use aa IEEE-284 print cable to overcome the proble.

How do I install a 2nd printer port nad how do I configure my system.

Thank you
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Installing a second printer port is inexpensive, and quite easy.  You will not need to purchase an additonal printer cable because you already have all the necessary cables required to connect your equipment to the computer.

First, what you'll need to do is go out and purchase a Parallel Port from a local computer retailer or super-store [of course].  With that done, we can continue.

We need to check your computers properties and see what your current printer port is currently configured for.  Do this by Right-Clicking on [My Computer] and selecting [Properties].  Click on the [Device manager] tab and then [Ports] heading, double-click on your [Printer Port] then [Resources].

Write down these settings, and also report them back to me.

Configure your new Printer port using settings different than the ones your computer is using here are some examples:
378, IRQ7 {Standard Settings for LPT1}
278, IRQ5 {What you'll probably want to set your printer port for}
3BC, IRQ5

Next you'll need to install the card by removing your computers case and inserting it into an available slot.  (Turn the power off first).

After booting your computer the next time, windows should recognize that it has a new device installed and it will automatically load support for it.
It should configure itself for LPT2, after which you should be able to connect you ZIP drive to it and use both devices without any problem.

If you  need any further assistance, let me know and I will help you however I can.

Joel R. Helgeson
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I have contacted my computer technician about the card needed for the 2nd parallel port and was told that it is very difficult to get now as this was more common when the computers were the 486 models.

In anycase your answer has enabled me to understand more on the installing a 2nd parallel port. I tried looking all over the net and could not find a suitable place that could enlighthen me. Yours has definitely help.

In anycase I have decided to get an internal Iomega Zip Drive with IDE cable, so this would definitely conflict with my Canon Printer.

Thanks.
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