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Scanner operation Connecting a DP-1810P to a computer through a parallel-pci port. Cannot get bidirectional communication. Tried different settings with no success. Am able to print when the bidirectional setting is not selected; however, when the bidirectional setting is set , the printer shows offline status. The Status Monitor produces message that connection does not exist. Is there some settings on the LPT port that will resolve the bidirectional communication with the printer? Thanks

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You will need at least a USB connection for bidirectional support.

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Make sure you have a good cable (with bidirectional support). Check that the ECP mode is enabled for the parallel port in the Device Manager. Click Start > Properties (Control Panel). Click on the Hardware and then the Device Manager. Open the Ports section and look for the parallel port option (LPT1). Double click on this and look at the Resources tab. If the printer is connected in ECP mode, you will see two entries for the I/O ranges. This may need to be enabled in the BIOS (often reached by hitting F1 or F2 when restarting the computer before the OS loads). If you adjust the BIOS setting for the port, you will need to return to the Device Manager and adjust the Port Settings to Enable Legacy Plug and Play.

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What does disabling bidirectional support mean


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The PC Card slot provides access to the laptop's data bus, and the PC Card adapter easily sets up as a native LPT port within almost any OS.

There is no delay, or connection problems as I've seen in so many complaints about USB to Parallel or Legacy Serial adapters. Printing is Instant.

PCMCIA is a mature standard, and works seamlessly with XP and Vista, and almost any other OS.

PARALLEL is the old standard fast data protocol. IEEE 1284 ECP mode up to 1.5 Mbps.
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I use IR for printing single pages only with either the BJC-80 or BJC-85.
USB to IRDA adapters work fine, and are less expensive $5-6 than
PCMCIA to Parallel adapters, $20-25.

I have tested and used several PCMCIA adapters from different manufacturers, and they all work perfectly as a hot-pluggable, instant LPT and/or Legacy Serial port for my laptops.
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After installing the PC Card driver, check Device Manager for the LPT port number.
Install the printer manually from the list of printers, and select the proper LPT port.
Most laptops have two PCMCIA slots. If you change slots, the adapter card driver may reinstall, and assign the next available LPT port, LPT2.

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The PC Card adapter also allows the use of the IS-12 scanner cartridge within XP or Vista.
Within Vista, set the Canon ISScan software to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode, to allow use of the TWAIN driver.

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sir/mam, there is no usb port on all 1810p and also the usb to parallel cable is not working with these machines.
what you can do as an option is to find a parallel print server, or you may connet the copier to the router with a builtin parallel print server

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