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By david.hoey ·
I have a stupid gateway pc that has only usb ports (5)I installed a plug and play
(Parallel) IO card in order to attach a Panasonic copier/fax/printer. The copier and fax works but cant get printer to work. error says printer port is being used by another device.
PC configures IO card as LPT1 using IRQ5. I would like to change it to either LPT2 and IRQ5 or LPT1 and IRQ7 but the system will not let me change the settings. I cant even access the bios because during boot up the pc says press F1 to change settings but pressing f1 does nothing. Tried to reserve IRQ 5,4,3 etc to force it to load to irq 7 but it wont. any suggestions on how to change configuration or how to get into gateway BIOS.
Thanks in advance

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by taiseermustafa In reply to IO card configuration

What is the OS that you are using? 95, 98, 2000?
Did you try to disable the USB port that using the needed IRQ?

Regarding Gateway PC's, I agree with you that it is difficult to enter the BIOS, but try one of the following:
F1, F10, F2, Del, Ctrl+Esc,

good luck

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by csmith In reply to IO card configuration

David,
You are looking in the wrong place.
This is not a hardware problem.
If the Device Manager has no warnings, it is definitely a Registry problem or a software conflict.
I have seen both.
This is a very frustrating problem, and I channged alot of hardware on two computers before I got the solutions.
They were both software problems.

Some program is grabbing the printer port.

I would suggest starting with msconfig.exe as the troubleshooting tool, to find the troublemaker.

Regards, Chris

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by gfrost In reply to IO card configuration

David:
Both the previous answers are accurate try several of the combination to enter the BIOS. Unfortunately Chris is correct in that Gateways or others with only USB I/o can be problematic since you are trying to assign a fixed IRQ for a device on a USB port. Software gets in the way if your printer setup does not control the port and all else point to it.Some printer's software will simply not work with your work-around it varies.
Good Luck

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