Question about Canon BJC 80 InkJet Printer
I have a bjc 80 (and a 70) and it has a pararell connec to the printer and usb to the dell laptop with xp. The printer either show error and will not print or makes a high pitch sound and trys to print and spits out paper but doesn't print. I have tried several downloads without success. What does disabliing bidirectional support mean?
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USB to Parallel conversion requires translation by XP and Vista's
'hardware interleave' software as well as the USB device manufacturers driver.
The software package just doesn't work well with older peripherals that use
legacy parallel or serial com ports. Too many sloppy layers.
THE BEST WAY to add an LPT printer port to your laptop is to use a PCMCIA to Parallel adapter card.
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.
The BJC-80 and the BJC-85 have the same print speed. The BJC-85 just added USB.
INFRARED is ver 1.0 on the BJC-80, and printing is a bit slower at 115.2 kbps. Even the BJC-85 with its higher IRDA transfer rating and a laptop's built-in IR port, the XP print spooler has problems with it, and can hang if printing more than one page, and especially with more than one document. It will not scan.
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.
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.
To scan with the BJC-80, you must have an LPT port.
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.
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
If I understood right you are using a USB to Parallel/Printer port adapter. If that is the case I had the same problem myself. To disable the bidirectional support You have to open the printers properties. In the printers map, right click on the printer and choose properties. then in the "Ports" page, down below there is a tick mark choice with some text like: "Activate support for bidirectional communication" you have to clear the tick mark!
Posted on Nov 24, 2009
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