Is network printing possible without an LPT port
Posted on 2007-11-29
I built a workstation for our CEO using a server dual xeon motherboard with XP installed as sort of an overkill hotrod. Now that it is together, I realized that the motherboard does not have an LPT port. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t mean it does not have an LPT printer connection, it does not have an LPT port, not in the bios or listed in system/hardware/ports and an LPT port cannot be added manually as additional hardware. The port specs in system hardware show com1 com2 and nothing else.
Checking on the SuperMicro web site I learned that the other SuperMicro motherboards in this series all have an LPT port listed in the IO specs. This X7DVL-L motherboard does not list an LPT port in the IO specs.
This machine finds the network printers, but it wonÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t print. It will print to a printer connected to a usb port, but not to the network printers.
We have 14 workstation on this domain, one of them is a dual xeon server motherboard similar to the workstation in question and it prints as expected. (it has an LPT port) This domain has a Proliant DL380 running Server 2003 64-bit. 32-bit printer drivers are available for the workstations.
The only difference in the machine that fails to print that I can see is the non-existant LPT port. I asked in a previous question if an LPT port was necessary for network printing and I was told it was not necessary. I am second guessing since I cannot find anything else different about this machine. Again, I am not talking about a printer connection, rather the port.
What am I missing? thanks