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Posted on 2006-06-25
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I have a Win98 computer with a printer attached to the LPT1 port.  I have checked the LPT1 driver(says working properly), the printer driver (says working properly), and changed the printer cable (a known good cable).  I have also run the printer successfully on another computer with Win98.  The only thing I haven't done is change out the physical parallel port.  Is there anything else I can do?
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by:SteveG00000
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Try remo0ving and lpt1 port from safe mode and any of the printer you have installed as multiples of the same item can cause problems and you might only find them via safe mode.
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by:Clark333
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SteveG00000, could you restate your solution please.  It's hard to understand.  Thanks
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wyliecoyoteuk earned 500 total points
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Check the parallel port type in the BIOS (usually you hit DEL when prompted at startup)
There are usually 2 or 3 options, SPP, ECP, EPP.
one of these may work.
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by:nobus
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what steve means is :
-boot into safe mode (hit F8 key during boot)
-go into device manager, and remove the lpt 1 port, and all printers
-now reboot normally and test

if this does not work, you can try to use a pci to lpt port adaptor card :    
http://www.serialgear.com/1-Port-LPT-PCI.html
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It is more likely that the port is wrongly configured in the BIOS. many printers need either EPP or ECP.
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