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Cannot communicate with printer. Told to Turn enable bi-directional support on in the printers properties dialogue box. The box is grey!

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Restart your computer.
Press <DEL> to enter BIOS SETUP.
Find the setup-screen that changes the mode of the printer (PP/"Parallel Port" or EPP/"Extended Parallel Port", or ECP/"Enhanced Port"). Select EPP or ECP.
Then, 'SAVE' the updated BIOS settings,
and exit from BIOS SETUP.
Restart your computer.
The box will _not_ be "grey".

Posted on May 14, 2010

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