Parallel vs EPP USB/Parallel Port Adaptor

By msteve000
Nov 10, 2009
  1. When I want to use my scanner, I unplug my printer and plug in my scanner.

    That is a major inconvenience. So I bought a USB/Parallel port adaptor to plug into the front USB port. It self installed. Noted as working properly, but plugging it in with either the scanner or printer does not work.

    Although, the scanner does work through the printer port, when I try to run it thru the USB adaptor, one of the options states to set the BIOS to EPP mode. Is that an anomoly of the USB and is that all or nothing which might not let the printer port function if I did change it?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    EPP= Enhanced Parallel Port. I haven't used a parallel printer in over 10 years. Try setting the bios to EPP. You can change it back if you need to. What version of Windows are you running?
  3. msteve000

    msteve000 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18


    I meant to edit my post. I checked the set-up. It's already set to EPP, so that wasn't the problem,

    I'm running XP Home.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

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