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VMWare - 2 Parallel Ports on Host, Error: Cannot Open VMparport driver

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Hello,
I am consolidating some older & smaller PC's in my server room into 1 VMWare solution, but have some HASP LPT-port keys to manage (2 of them total).

Originally, I read that 1 VMware Workstation Host can handle up to 3 LPT ports, and my host has 2 LPT ports (1 onboard, and 1 PCI add-on)

The onboard PCI works fine for the first VM, but launching the 2nd VM returns the error:
"Cannot open VMparport driver for LPT#: Overlapping I/O operation is in progress Virtual device parallel0 will start disconencted."

The desired configuration would be 1 LPT port for 1 guest, with 2 guests total.

Has anyone successfully run 2 or 3 LPT ports in VMWare Workstation successfully (and at the same time)?

I have not tried uninstalling/reinstalling VMWare yet, I thought I'd ask here first. Also, I am not interested in any dongle emulation.
Thanks!
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Windows or Linux and with version of VMware Workstation?
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Sorry - Windows and VMware 5.5. Workstation at this moment (going to upgrade to 6.x shortly)
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Hmm, I did not install the PCI card after the VMWare - but I just got around to uninstalling 5.5, reinstalling, and updating to 5.9.

It worked!

Thanks anyway!
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