Parallel Port in Windows 7 / 10?

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  1. spinnaker

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    I am still thinking about taking the plunge and buying one of those cheap CNC printers. The problem is it uses a parallel port on the PC for the controller. I have a port on my PC but have never used it.

    I have heard rumors that the port won't work under Windows 7. Is there any truth to that? What about Windows 10?

    The port does show up in device manager.

    I do have an old Epson printer but before I drag it out to test the port I figured I would check here first on the rumor.
     
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    Considering that's a Mach support group, it's probably valid.
     
  5. MaxHeadRoom

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    It works with 32 bit versions of Windows 7 or older. With Windows 7 x64, or any versions of 8 or 10, you need to use an external motion controller.
    What system are you running now?
    Max.
     
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    Nothing yet. I am going to be buying a CNC3020. I see where you can buy an Arduino and shield for $30 on eBay. Cheaper than than but shipped from China. You got to wonder why they have not moved to USB. With those Arduino shields it would be an easy fix.
     
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    Most are not aware your product key for Windows...64 will also work for Windows...32. I have to deal with allot of older hardware and this has saved me more than once. Get the install media for the 32 bit version of your Windows, do a clean installation and use your existing product key for authentication. This works with 7, 8 and the retail version of 10. Only catch is it must be the same version, Home, Pro etc.
     
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