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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

--I have a very annoying problem. The other day,
I was trying to set up an Epson Stylus 640 on a P166,
running Windows 95.
After a multitude of failures, I found that in the
Device Manager, under Ports, the parallel port is
simply listed as "ECP Printer Port". On every (working)
system I have seen, this is usually "ECP Printer Port(LPT1)"
HRMMM. The LPT1 seems to have taken up hiding. I
tried removing and reinstalling the printer port, I
checked the BIOS settings, I changed it to 'Standard
Printer Port', I changed the resources in the BIOS to use
LPT2, I changed it back, I removed and replaced it
again and again, NOTHING. The port seems to be working
very happily, no resource conflicts of any kind, just
LPT1 seems unknown to the system. When I try to install
a printer, the only options it gives me is to install
it on the com ports or 'print to file' which is quite
useless. This is extrememly annoying, and I can't
seem to find a similar problem in any of the various
web searches I constructed in order to find an answer.
Has anyone seen this before? Any clues?
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

Offhand I don't have the fix for your problem. But a way to work around it would be to purchase an lpt2 port card. These come in isa and pci (although pci are much more expensive than the isa)

around here (ohio) an extra lpt port is $19 for the isa and $49 for the pci.
hope this helps
John F. Labonte
Posted on Saturday, October 20, 2001 - 6:11 am:   

I had this same problem. To correct it I had to reinstall windows. I did everything you did to try to make it work with no luck. I have just recently deleted my lpt1 port again, so i can use it as a com port for a db9 vs db25(with use of plug adapters). And guess what. Now I cant get my lpt1 port back. looks like im going to have to reinstall windows, again. Bill gates problem is he has too many people working for him-right hand dont know what the left is doing! this shouldnt be this hard.

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