Cosmos S case, Evga 750i FTW Motherboard, PCP&C 860W Power Supply, E8400 OC'd to 3.9 GHz, Zalman 9700 CPU cooler, Dual Evga 260-216 SC, 4 GB RAM, 260 GB HD, Dell U2410 IPS monitor, Windows XP/SP3.
I had the same situation with my XPS Gen 5, and a LaserJet 2100 printer. When I went to install it, I was quite surprised to discover that most newer computers don't even come with a parellel or serial port any more (when did those dissapear?). I was going to get the converter cable, but from what I read in HP's forums that doesn't always work with many printers (especially if your printer needs bidirectional communications). So I ended up buying a PCI parellel port / serial port combination card at my local Best Buy, and it's worked flawlessly. You shouldn't have any problems; it should function just like a built-in onboard parallel port would (assuming you have the right drivers for everything).
Message Edited by XPS Jeff on 01-29-2006 08:28 PM
Dell Dimension XPS Gen 5Pentium D 830 with Dual Core Technology (3GHz, 800 FSB)4 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM - 800MHz (4 DIMMS, 4 x 1GB)Dual (non-RAID) Western Digital 640GB SATA Hard Drives (7200 RPM, 32MB)16x DVD, and 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write1024MB PCI Express 2.0 x16 nVidia GeForce 9600 GTSound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, IEEE 1394 Capability
Windows 7 Professional - IE8Microsoft Office 2007, Standard Edition (SP2)Norton Internet Security 2010
Found the following on the Dell site. Don't know if it will help you because your symptoms are not the same, but it may be worth looking into. Let me know how you make out. My XP400 is scheduled to arrive today - and I have an old HP Officejet All-in-One that uses a parallel connection (configured with ECP) that I'd like to keep using.
After installing the CyberParallel PCI, CyberParallel Dual, or Duet Parallel PCI card and drivers, the system locks up or reports no port (LPT) assignment.
NOTE: The drivers for the I/O card may have to be reinstalled
Sorry that didn't work for you, mine installed without a hitch. And most cards like that have IRQ sharing, which is supposed to eliminate those types of conflicts. What brand and model card did you get?
Since you had success, can you tell us the brand/model you purchased?
Message Edited by XPS Jeff on 02-06-2006 04:38 PM
Jeff: I still have not returned the parallel/serial card to CompUSA. So I did look at the card and it is SKU 271773; 2 Port Serial / 1 Port Parallel PCI Card, Manufacturer: CompUSA, Mfg Part #: 10190416, Product Number: 271773, $34.99. Find it on CompUSA website at
Anyway: I tried to order the parallel only card that you bought at is iavailable with In-Store pick up only. Of course the local CompUSA does not carry that particualr card, so my elegant idea of returning my 271773 and exchanging it for a 279726 will not work. I have to go to another community altogether to get the parallel only card. But it is worth a try. I have had no luck to date with Dell. And I am still killing all the software that scares up the rubbish that flutters across my screen now and again.... If I only paid $500 for my XPS 600 I would understand their need to partner with so manyu software manufacturers. But after $2500? And this silly little issue with parallel port?
Whine whine whine...
Back to work. I'll let you and anyone else who reads this post know how I finally make out. I am buggered (word substituted for the forbidden word "d66666d, meaning "dispatched to Hades for eternity" or else "impounded by an embankment") if I am going to junk my lovely little elderly Xerox P8 printer, though.... ((don;t believe me about forbidden word? Try posting a message with "d66666d" in it.. i can't type the actual word because my post will be refused again!!)
Oh I'm very familiar with forbidden words... I've already been scolded for something that I posted a few weeks back, it was a benign little cuss word (think dice game for money) and I substituted an asterisk for one of the letters. They caught it and slapped me on the wrist. :smileyhappy:
And yes, they do like to fill up their new systems with all kinds of junk. I'm about ready to take the advice of many other people in these forums, and wipe the hard drive and do a clean install of XP (I was fortunate, I got the Windows XP discs with my system automatically, without having to beg for them). My system has run pretty well since I bought it last July, and I wanted to see if any of the extra installed stuff was worthwhile... so that's why I haven't done it yet. But I just installed a second hard drive for backup purposes, so it would be relatively easy for me to wipe my system at this point and start fresh. I usually do that to my systems about once a year anyway, there's nothing like a clean install of Windows to make you appreciate how fast your hardware really is. Just a note, in case you ever consider doing that... if you reformat or repartition your hard drive, you will lose the Dell restore function that's hiding on your hard drive. To those who aren't familiar with that, it's the function that lets you restore your computer to "out of the box" condition (click HERE for details).
I'm sorry you're having so many problems, I know how frustrating that can be. I haven't ever had to deal with Dell support yet (apparantly a good thing judging by the comments in these forums), but I'm on my third Dell system... and so far they've all been great. Your system is the model that replaced mine, so it should be a quality system.. the high end XPS systems have generally been rated very highly as far as reliability is concerned. Assuming you don't have any actual hardware problems, everything else can be solved eventually.
I hope the new card does the trick. You may want to go with a brand name this time, instead of the generic store brand. It might be a little more expensive, but the odds are better that it will be fully compatible (and you may get better support from the manufacturer). Good luck, and let us know how it works out!
Jeff & Ed,
The documentation that came with my old HP OfficeJet recommended the use of an SIIG card so I ordered the following item from Buy.com
It's got one parallel point only, but that's all I need. It's not cheap ($41+shipping)! I'll let you know how it works out when the card arrives (probably on Tuesday).
I agree with all your comments about the bloatware on the new Dell machines. My new XPS400 is loaded with it. I actually ran into trouble trying to remove some of it the other day. Thank heavens for the Restore feature! To make matters worse, Dell didn't provide media (CDs, manuals, etc.) for some of the products I do care about (the Sonic package, and the Creative X-Fi video card). I wish they would at least give you the option of buying some of this stuff. I'd pay for a hardcopy XPS400 User manual. They practically hide the option that offers the OS CD for $10. Very disappointing!
Oops. Just looked at what I wrote last night.
- SIIG card has one parallel port.
- Did get CD for Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeMusic card, but nothing came with the nVidia GeForce 6800 card.or the Sonic application. My old Dell had came with media & manuals for just about everything.