If you change your version of Ppa3. Has anybody done this? EXE program attempts to find the optimal settings for your system, but they can also be set manually. It could be Ppa3. And bidir and nibble also seem to be generic modes nibble should be the slowest but most compatible setting. Sign up using Email and Password. In general a USB parallel port cable won’t work — they are driven by the usblp driver, which supports printer operations but not parport operations.

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LPT1 is assigned to the port with the highest address, so setting the Zip’s port to use and the other port to use might be best.

It probably isn’t the best approach in the OP’s situation, but it’s often helpful to know that a workable fallback plan will exist even if there’s no way to get drivers working on newer hardware. oimega

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Wouldn’t that be easiest? It’s an old chip, but adapters using it appear to be available to this day.

Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. It just came with one cable that auto-sensed and it also worked fine on an A equipped with a SCSI controller. If you find that Int 13 unit is checked, then uncheck it, and reboot the computer.

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Email Required, but never shown. The old-PC-as-server approach, however, should be adaptable to storage devices that use hardware in weird and exotic ways that newer systems can’t emulate accurately. IDE support on modern motherboards is actually much harder to find than parallel support these days. For this reason, it is often used for attaching external devices such as hard disks, CD-ROM drives and tape drives, especially for PCs that lack other expansion alternatives such as notebooks.


However, some people have reported having printer-related problems after installing v2.

If there is a working linux driver that is part of the main kernel tree, then there is a documented way to talk to the darn thing. Or it might also help to try v2. So it probably wouldn’t work using, say, a USB-to-parallel adapter. I have a soft spot for DIY pott

While rather slow, the parallel port has the advantages of being mostly standard, and present on virtually every PC. Supposedly, the Bidir, EPP, and Fast settings do not force the specified mode and can revert to nibble mode if necessary.

For many years, I personally used a parallel-port Iomega Zip drive when I was maintaining several dozen PCs that were not networked; it was iomegs helpful for transferring files between machines and doing backups.

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Retrocomputing Stack Exchange works pwrallel with JavaScript enabled. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. I believe the drive in question is a Zip Choosing the wrong settings for your system might result in anything from the drive not being recognized to data corruption; so be careful with these.


I have no idea how well it works, but it would be interesting to try out: I cannot remember about the PP version, but the IDE one mentioned in another comment worked with early versions of Linux “out of the box”, no special driver installation. It could be Ppa3. If drivers exist to connect iomegw hardware up to new computers, that may be more convenient than using an old system as a server.

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And there are a few more modes you could try: If you’ll view Ppa3. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. See here for more. Note that this may preclude printing files directly from the Zip disk; they must first be fully loaded into RAM or copied to the HD.

Home Questions Tags Interfade Unanswered. If you don’t find it listed, then use the Have Disk button to browse to an appropriate. And be aware that the drivers for a device can interfere with a Zip paral,el operation even when that device is not physically connected.