|Luis E. Rodriguez
|Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2000 - 6:10 pm: |
Hi! I just found this site while trying to find information about an old I/O card I have around that might be useful to diagnose a problem I am having.
First, about the card.
Among my collection of old/obsolete hardware coming from previous upgrades, I found this I/O card that must be at least 5 years old while looking for something else. The card has no brand or model number on it and I don't remember its origin, that is, how I got it. I do remember I used it on my old 486 system two years ago. There is a box for a "Premio PC" I/O card that could be for this card. For some reason an even older video card is stored in that box and not the I/O card which in turn is stored in the box for my current video card. Confusing? Never mind.
The problem is that I would like to install this card into my current system but I need to disable everything but the printer port. It has a game port, two serial ports, one printer port, and IDE/floppy controllers. There is a row of six jumpers, two of which are set differently from the rest. I do remember I had to disable COM2 because it was used by a modem and also the game port because I was using the one in the soud card. Everything else was being used until the day I put that card to rest in peace after upgrading to my current system two years ago. The jumpers are not labeled except for their numbers (JP2 through JP7). JP5 and JP6 were the ones set differently. My guess is that JP7 is for COM1, JP6 for COM2 and JP5 for the game port. Now, what are the other jumpers for? And am I correct in my assumptions about those three?
I went to the Premio PC web site but did not find anything that could help me. Maybe this card is so old that they no longer support it. This is a piece of hardware that became obsolete long ago when all these ports and adapters were put into the motherboard a few years ago.
The only information that could help identify this card is this number: IODE-3290U REV: E1
Why do I want to put this card in my system?
For nearly one month now I have been trying, unsuccesfully so far, to diagnose a problem with my printer port. I cannot print. Windows (95 release 2) cannot find the printer though it can find the printer port. It all started when I removed the modem from the Device Manager by mistake. I reinstalled it and then later during the day I found that I could no longer print. The scanner (a Mustek that goes into the printer port) did work, however. Both the printer and scanner worked perfectly before I removed the modem by mistake.
At the beginning, Windows did not find LPT1. It did find a printer port but it was not labeled as LPT1. Printer software refused to install because it did not find the LPT1 port. Someone suggested taking out the modem (physically this time) and remove the modem and printer from the Device Manager and the reboot and let Windows restore the printer port. It did identify it as LPT1 this time. Put the modem back and it reconfigured itself properly and kept working normally. But I could not print.
These are all the tests I have done so far:
1. Try printing on an old dot-matrix printer I still have around - worked from Windows but later stopped working. Can print from DOS, though.
2. Current printer (HP DeskJet 710C) cannot print from DOS as it is, so I can't test it that way. Someone suggested printing to a file from Windows and then in the DOS prompt (clean boot, not from within Windows) copy the file to the printer port. Didn't work and don't know if this test is valid at all.
3. Can print from DOS to dot-matrix printer.
4. I removed the scanner software to eliminate any chance of interference. Still cannot print. Even worse, now the scanner cannot be found either. So I cannot print or scan images.
5. Tried printer (and same cable) on a different computer. Windows recognized the printer right away during startup process. Installed software and could print without problems in that other computer. Printer is OK. Cable seems to be OK.
6. Swapped my cable with a known-good cable of another computer. The other computer could print with my cable. So, cable is OK. I could not print with the other cable. The problem is not the cable or the printer. Starting to suspect a hardware problem.
The only two pieces of hardware left are the little ribbon cable going from the motherboard to the connector in the back of the case and the motherboard itself. Looking if I had one of those ribbon cables in my old hardware collection I found the I/O card and thought that it could help diagnose the problem if I can disable everything but the printer port.
I don't have the cable so I will have to borrow one from someone else.
Please help with any suggestions or further testing that I have not done so far.
I am in kind of a hurry to solve this problem. Any help will be appreciated.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 6:45 am: |
Jeez, just go buy a LTP card, make sure its ISA and jumper set. Make sure it supports EPP/ECP
Cost you about $20-$30 bucks.
Put the printer on this card set to LPT 2, and your scanner on LPT 1.
Paralell port scanners are notorious for causing wierd LPT port problems, so give it its own port.
|Luis E. Rodriguez
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 4:56 pm: |
I figured out the jumper settings by trial an error. Not very hard. "POST" error messages about conflicts were specific enough to let me know which port each jumper controlled. The only ones that didn't generate a conflict was the IDE jumper and the game port (which I already knew which one it was).
Anyway, I put the card in the system and had to tell Windows that the system had a printer port. After a reboot Windows immediately recognized the printer and I could print. Bi-directional communications with the printer worked, something which I did not expect at all from that card.
BUT!!! And that's the bad part. I had removed the modem since the very beginning to eliminate any chance of conflicts during the trial and error process.
The minute I put the modem back the problem started again even though I was now using the I/O card.
Took the modem out again and everything was just fine with the printer. I even reinstalled the scanner and could scan without problems. Again, bi-directional communications with the printer worked fine, now with the printer daisychained to the scanner. The scanner is not the source of the problem even though paralell port scanners are notorious for causing trouble. Mine has never caused any problem.
Once again, I put back the modem and again, could not print or scan. Odd thing. The modem is about three years old (older than the system itself), the scanner is about two years old and the printer has been here for one year. All three pieces of hardware got along very well until the moment I accidentally removed the modem from the Device Manager.
The modem is a so-called "WinModem". Before jumping to conclusions, let me tell you that I know the business with this kind of modem. I steered clear of "RPI" modems for ages long before the Internet became a popular phenomenon and during the times of 14,400 bps modems. Then when I got this 56K modem I got bitten by it but disguised as "WinModem". I have never had any sort of problem with the modem before. Might be the driver but I updated that one a very long time ago. I am still searching for the diskette that came with the modem to start from scratch.
The modem is "plug-and-play" and it installs itself in COM5. No conflicts anywhere in Device Manager and I am using the modem right now.
Thanks for any further suggestions.
|Posted on Monday, May 22, 2000 - 6:27 pm: |
Try a different version driver. Go back to a past one. Before DSL days, all I had was a Winmodem, and since I didn't really need the modem in DOS, it worked just fine for me. Never had any major problems, but a driver change always fixed the ones that came up. Usually to an older driver. Then I'd skip that one when another came out. Actually, it's still in my machine and causes no problems. However, I don't use anything that requires the wave device for voice modem. This usually will cause problems with soundcards and other oddities. Great info at the 56kUnreliable site in the modem section. Hope this helps.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000 - 6:50 pm: |
this is the web site with images for the jumper settings. just scroll down the list until you find the number of your card: iode-3290u.
i think it's made by goldstar electronics. if you need drivers, try contacting them.
is the request page.
|Luis E. Rodriguez
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000 - 10:39 pm: |
To all concerned, I found the source of the problem. Nothing was wrong with the hardware. It was the modem driver. I found the diskette that came with the modem and after removing the files that were part of the updated driver I installed the older one. The printer and the scanner came back to life again without having to remove the modem.
Still running on the old I/O card but the port in the motherboard should work now. I just have to crack open the case again to take the card out.
Thanks to whoever (sorry, forgot your name) sent me the information about the jumper settings for the card. It turned out that the card was not made by Premio PC. The box did not belong to the card I have.
|Bonnie Andrews (Raebon)
|Posted on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 9:02 pm: |
Installed Brother 1240 Printer and now get a "stuttering" response when using keyboard, mouse and in sounds. I may be printing documents for an hour or more without problems, then do the same tasks and the stuttering starts. There's no consistent activity that triggers this. Sometimes it corrects itself if I can stand the distraction while typing (using this in a business setting) but greatly reduces productivity! The only other solution is to shut down completely and reboot. Any ideas?
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 8:09 am: |
how is it connected? parallel or usb. do you have the latest drivers? have you checked device manager, could there be more than one piece of hardware (such as parallel port and soundcard) set to the same dma, irq or i\o if so that can cause problems when trying to send or recieve information through the same channels at the same time
just some thoughts
|Katy R (Catsidea)
|Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 - 3:00 am: |
Try shutting off any unnecessary background programs & open windows also. My computer begins to "stutter" when I overload the RAM. At work that usually occurs when I have alot of different windows open, and is also sometimes triggered by a fancy screen saver. At home it occurs when I am printing while I am online. At times the only way I can "flush" the RAM is to reboot the machine from a cold boot.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 - 9:59 am: |
Hello, I work here at Ingram Micro and I ran into a little problem trying to make an image of a PC and save it to a CD or server. I used the Ghost program from Samentec, but to no good result. Is there a site I can go to that might be able to help me with making Images of PC's?
|Posted on Friday, May 11, 2001 - 8:34 am: |
i would like to know how to get rid of addresses in the address bar
|Posted on Friday, May 11, 2001 - 9:49 am: |
you don't say what browser or version,you are using
for internet explorer- in the menu at the top of browser click tools>internet options-in the "general" tab click on clear history then click ok
for netscape- in the menu click edit>preferences
under the catagory heading click on navigator then history and to the right there will be a clear location bar button . click on it then click ok
for AOL go into settings choose preferences select tool bar & sound click on clear history now
it does depend on what versions you are using because the options may be found in different places