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Urgent, how read from parallel port in visual basic?

Posted on 2003-03-25
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Could someone tell me how to read and write to the parallel port in visual basic 6. I know how to do it when the OS is Windows 98 but I need to do it under Windows XP or 2000. The same dll's don't work under the newer OS's because of security issues. Thanks
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Very limited use by VB:

A process uses the *CreateFile* function to open a handle to a communications resource. For example, specifying COM1 opens a handle to a serial port, and *LPT1* opens a handle to a parallel port. If the specified resource is currently being used by another process, CreateFile fails. Any thread of the process can use the handle returned by CreateFile to identify the resource in any of the functions that access the resource.

When using CreateFile to open a handle directly to a device, an application must use the special characters " \\ .\" to identify the device. For example, to open a handle to drive A, specify " \\ .\a:" for the lpszName parameter of CreateFile. The calling process can use the handle in the DeviceIoControl function to send control codes to the device.
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