Re: losing printer driver...second parallel port?

Don Castella (
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 10:58:42 -0500

Howdy Folks!

Actually, the problem you are having is caused by the ill-behaved Connectix
QuickCam driver. It fails to properly reset the printer port after it is no
longer needed. I use an A/B switch for a printer and BW QuickCam and have
found it necessary to reboot in order to print from the shared port after
the QuickCam is used. I do not know if Connectix is aware of this problem.
My solution was to purchase a "SIIG Fast Parallel I/O Parallel Pro" high
speed IEEE 1284 EPP/ECP parallel port adapter and install it as a second
parallel port for my computer. It plugs into any ISA expansion slot. Cost is
about $30US

I hope this helps

Don Castella
aka Don@Chicago

At 10:40 AM 6/30/96 -0400, you wrote:
>> >
>> >Could someone help me please. I am a rank beginner here with
>> >my first computer P-133 running Windows 95 and using a b&w
>> >Quickcam. Everytime I try to reconnect my printer I have
>> >lost the driver for it and have to reinstall the printer.
>> >Is this supposed to happen?
>> >
>> >Maryann
>> >whois
>> Hi Maryann,
>> Why are you connecting/reconnecting your printer?
>Because I'm an idiot!
>I strongly recommend
>> adding a second serial prot to your machine if at all possible (an LPT2) and
>> letting things stay the way they are. You see, assuming you are using
>> Windows95, it is so "smart" that it tries to reconfigure itself every time
>> you turn it on. I suspect it is messing up the drivers at that time.
>I shall do this. As soon as I figure out what it means. (Just kidding. If
>I waited for understanding I never would have bought the computer in the
>first place.)
>Thanks for your patience.