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AR# 11505

Cable - What port standard should be used with the Parallel Cable III? (Bidirectional, ECP, or EPP?)

Description

There is more than one type of BIOS setting for the parallel port on PCs. What is the best setting to use for the Parallel Cable III?

Solution

The Parallel Cable III is designed for the Bidirectional BIOS setting. Though other settings have been known to work, we recommend that the parallel port be set to "bidirectional."

Setting the parallel port:

Access to the BIOS varies, depending on the computer you are using. Generally, you can access the BIOS by rebooting your computer and watching for a prompt before Windows begins to load; this prompt will direct you to the setup screen. (For example, you might see "F2 = SETUP" appear in the top right corner, or "DEL to enter setup" along the bottom of your screen.)

(If the BIOS screen is not appearing, contact your PC's manufacturer. Other examples of methods for changing the BIOS settings can be found at: http://www.pc.ibm.com/qtechinfo/YAST-3JWKJX.html.)

Once you enter Set-up, browse to the "Parallel port field" using the arrow keys. Follow the directions on the screen to change the value to "Bidirectional," save your changes, and exit.

AR# 11505
Date Created 08/29/2007
Last Updated 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article