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Activating LPT parallel port in WIN98

By hm-ellis ·
For some reason or another I deleted the LPT parallel port of my printer in WIN98. The problem is, I cannot re-install WIN98 as I have a dual partition with Windows 2000 and I understand I cannot re-install WIN98SE without crashing the system. I gotto nowhere with an HP Deskjet 656c UBS port I bought recently but apparently I could not get it working with WIN98 as it gives a lousy (or no support) to USBs. I then decided to buy another printer with both USB and the LPT parallel port. But on uninstalling the previous printer and deleting a driver called 4in1 from viatec.com the LPT port was accidentally deleted and I could not find a way of "activating" this port, which does not even appears listed in the System, therefore, I still cannot print anything in WIN98 (since last February.) On the other hand, in Windows 2000 I had no problem and the port was still there and fully activated. Although I copied the settings, etc, I could not transfer this info to WIN98.
Is there a "dowload" ora driver which could activate my LPT port in WIN98SE? I need this platform badly, and cannot afford not printing on it, as neither the port nor the printer exist and/or can be activated.
I greatly appreciate your help. May be the question is silly or impossible or whatever. I am a simple user in the process of learning a lot of things. I am MOUS certified.

M. Ellis
hm-ellis@att.net

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Activating LPT parallel port in WIN98

by Gigelul In reply to Activating LPT parallel p ...

Try to use <add new hardware> in control panel. At this point you have two options:
1. Automatically detect new hardware
2. If not find anything launch again <add new hardware> and use manually add hardware. Form list of hardware select ports and make sure that resources are: I/O address=378, IRQ=7 (or use resources listed in Windows 2000)

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by hm-ellis In reply to Activating LPT parallel p ...

Dear Florinel: I thank you very much your prompt and helpful answer. I did try "add new hardware" and used the option "automatically detect new hardware" but did not find anything. I am going to use your second suggestion, as I did not see a list of ports. But I will try again with your instructions. However, I think I will have to re-install the VIA 4-in-1 as suggested by THECHAS. The problem is that originally this driver seemed to cause a lot of problems that also affected stability of Windows 2000. But if I locate the ports as you say, I think I will be on the safe side.
I thank you for your great advise.
H.M. Ellis
BTW my alias is NOT "User Deleted." The problem was I was submitting my application and accidentally pushed the SUBMIT button before I finished, which meant I had to do it again but I am going to clarify the problem with Tech REP.

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Activating LPT parallel port in WIN98

by TheChas In reply to Activating LPT parallel p ...

You need to re-install the VIA 4-in-1 driver.
This driver is the master driver for your motherboard. I am supprised that you are not having more problems than just a missing printer port.
You can download the latest version from www.viaarena.comOr from the mfg of your motherboard.

Chas

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Activating LPT parallel port in WIN98

by hm-ellis In reply to Activating LPT parallel p ...

Dear TheChas: As I told Florinel, I thank you both for your answers. Both are indeedd very helpful. As mentioned above, the reason I was afraid to re-install the Via 4-in-1 driver b/c of the havoc it caused in Windows 2000. Apparently this driver did not do much in WIN98, as I was unable to use the printer, it only gave me the "Print Test" not even from WIN98 but like a list of hex addresses. Only at the very beginning when I first installed the HP driver in WIN98 and tried to print a Word 2000 doc, it only printed the first paragraph and I could never be able to print any further. So I had no choice but to buy a new printer with the two ports, USB and LPT/COM. But right now as per Florinel's advice, I am going to first activate the port and then re-install the via 4-in-1 that I actually got from where you say, viaarena.com.
Thank you very much. I am a MOUS certified person who does not know much about hardware problems, therefore if in the company I work would have to get my services for something as simple as to change a bulb, you know, I would be a flop as I am not involved with hardware!!! (Jusst kidding).
H.M. Ellis

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