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Using widows 7 pro. Dell Optiplex 745 desktop. Need to enable bidirectional communication. When I go to printers, right click on HPLJ1020, click on properties the only screen that appears has on 2 tabs general and hardware there is no ports tab to enable bidirectional comm.

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  • rnies76408 Apr 06, 2011

    I have uninstalled and installed the drivers at least 5 times. This happened to me before and all I had to do was click on the enable bidirectional radio dial on the properties tab, port tab, but I can;t figure out how to get to that screen. Bidirectional means that the computer and the printer can speak to each other. I have a good working printer but it won't accept the print instructions form the computer.

  • rnies76408 Apr 06, 2011

    Yes it is the default printer

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Hi - Rnies - That has to be setup in the system BIOS.

Boot the machine and as soon as you see the Dell logo hit the F2 key which will place you in the BIOS setup screen.

Under the On board Devices menu move to the LPT Port mode. Select EPP bidirectional and save the settings. You should be good to go, If you're still having problems return to the BIOS setting screen and chose ECP bidirectional.

All PC's have different BIOS versions over time and sometimes the settings get changed a bit or moved around but as long as you can find LPT settings and switch to EPP or ECP you'll be fine.

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Have you installed any/all drivers/software that came with this printer? What do you mean by bidirectional communication exactly?

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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    Jean-Pierre Damstra Apr 06, 2011

    Are you sure the HPLJ1020 has been set as your default printer.

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