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Direct access to lpt port

Hello, I have a program (homeseer) which requires access to a device connected to the lpt port on my pc.  W2k does not allow the program to take 100% control of the lpt port. Is there any way I can stop w2k controlling the lpt port and give all the control to my application?
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SysExpertCommented:
I doubt it.

You might try booting from a DOS diskette and running your program.

See

www.bootdisk.com

I hope this  helps !
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codeyAuthor Commented:
the application is 32bit and is designed for win9x, however I have other applications running which require w2k
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geoffrynCommented:
2000 will not allow direct access to the hardware by an application.  It is designed to prevent that.  You probably have to get a different app, or dual boot to use your current one.
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dew_associatesCommented:
codey,

Download the software compatibility update from Windows Update and use that to resolve application compatibilities.

Dennis
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codeyAuthor Commented:
if I go to windows update, there is nothing more I can download/install
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GUEENCommented:
Codey,
You currently have 7 open questions with a response needed here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=dslcable&qid=20079697

Regards,
>Bev
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dew_associatesCommented:
Codey?
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MoondancerCommented:
codey was active at this site 8/20, after the follow up requests were sent, but none updated/completed.

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codeyAuthor Commented:
I have been to windows update, there is nothing there for me to install. I think maybe your missing what I need to do, I need to give some software 100% access to the lpt prt but the hal will not let me, is there any way around this???
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dew_associatesCommented:
Codey,

As I indicated above, you might try the compatibility update from Microsoft in order to emulate what you might be able to do in Win98 in Windows 2000, although as you probably already know, Win2000 does not permit direct hardware access. The only possibility in the compatibility update.

Dennis
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geoffrynCommented:
Even the compatability update will not allow direct access to the lpt port.
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SysExpertCommented:
You Other option is to Use dual- boot, Win98 and WIn2k on the same machine.
If you have plenty of space on your hard drive, you can use a tool like partition magic to move the data to the end and create a new C: drive, with D: being win2k.

Install win98 on C:, and do a Win2k Repair to get dual boot of win98 and win2k.
I would make sure all your data is backed up before using any partitioning tool.
Other options include using System COmmander and a second hard drive or a combo of System commander and Partitiion magic.

System commander is the most versatile solution.
see
http://www.v-com.com/
for more info.
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It is very dependent on how your partitions are set up.

The newer versions of partition magic come with a boot manager also

powerquest.com

I hope this helps !
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GUEENCommented:
I would like to interject one more time in regards to grades given at EE. Grading with a C does not equal 'average work.' Not in the least - Codey I am not understanding if you understand the grading process here?
It is not like school grades and the experts work on a voluntary basis to assist users.
Your grading record reflects a string of C's and only one A given that I have noted.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/cmtyQuestAnswer.jsp#3
It is generally better to just ask for a deletion if you are going to grade our experts with C's on a consistent basis. . .
 
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dew_associatesCommented:
geoffryn, is your comment your opinion or fact based upon personal experience?
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geoffrynCommented:
Personal experience.  Unless you are willing to write code around the kernel, this is not possible.  You have to refernce the LPT port through the HAL.  The compatability mode updates are really designed to fool software with version requirements, not to allow Win9x type access to the hardware.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks. I've got a couple of DOS based programs that require a port and they do work, but I've never had the time to determine the differences.
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