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I too have struggled with getting a second printer port to work correctly.  I have an older SIIG with a NetMos 9835 chip and a newer card with the MosChip 9865.

I've updated the drivers and tried all sorts of stuff to get them working, but they still don't work right.

The one thing I have found that works for either card is as follows:

1.   Open the Ports and Pins Screen & set everything up in Mach (make sure both ports are enabled and the second port has the 2-9 inputs check-box selected.
2.   Close the Ports and Pins Screen.
3.   Re-Open the Ports and Pins Screen, deselect the 2-9 inputs check-box, click apply, reselect the 2-9 inputs, and click apply.
4.   Close the Ports and Pins Screen and everything works.

Each time I start Mach, I have to go through this process to get the second port to work.  When I first start Mach, the pins on the diagnostic screen are all lit up.  After going into Ports and Pins & toggling the 2-9 input check-box, the pins go out and everything works.

I know it sounds strange, but it works every time.  Could there be something strange going on with Mach?

Jim

Have you found a fix for this? I have exactly the same problem with a pci parallel card... :o
I just got a SYBA PCI-Express 1-Port Parallel/Printer Card  (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124083) and it's working great with a Gecko G540. I was worried about all the EPP/ECP problems that others have had with PCI cards, but no problem. I used the standard xml file from Gecko as a starting point. Be sure to set the port address correctly (it's not the default address for on-board parallel ports).

FYI -- I'm using a GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V motherboard with a Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz processor. So far it seems to be a reasonably fast computer for very few dollars.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2012, 08:49:46 PM by billooms »
There has been many discussions regarding parallel port cards and Mach3 port settings.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/417093/2-Port_Parallel_PCI_Host_Card

FYI This appears as same card as Roswell 304 just sold at brick and mortar store under diffrent brand.
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Card I have mentioned above runs on Mos chip with same driver as Roswell 304.
I have disabled my onboard port and installed  also entered port address properly yet my second bob is not controlled as it supposed to.
I do know bob works fine. Couse if I switch parallel cable between cards it responds 100%.
I do require 2 working ports due to upgrades and cards need to be low factor due to my Dell being small factor case
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Re: Parallel port for PCI bus that works with Mach3 - just passing along info
« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2015, 11:13:33 PM »
Hello all, I ordered the rosewill card mentioned in this thread and it is on the way. I see this thread is a couple years old and the drivers mentioned were released in 2010. Has anyone used the newer drivers on the moschip website successfully? Im hoping they work because I cant seem to find the older drivers anywhere. Do any of you have a backup copy saved anywhere? Thanks in advance for any help anyone might be able to provide.
Re: Parallel port for PCI bus that works with Mach3 - just passing along info
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2015, 11:22:21 PM »
fyi word of advice, as we progress in time and so does technology it may be good idea for you to look in to  smooth stepper Ethernet
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Re: Parallel port for PCI bus that works with Mach3 - just passing along info
« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2015, 05:18:43 AM »
I am only just beginning to get into the cnc scene. But, from what I gather about Mach 3 is that it is very feature rich for the price but it is picky. And, with me just getting into the hobby, Id like to stick to tried and true methods. Its only a cnc plasma table. I dont need top notch, nor all the bells and whistles. But, then again this is my first machine. Do you have a good resource for this ethernet smooth stepper topic, where I could read up on it? After all the trouble I just went through with Windows XP and the first parallel card Its sounds like a definate possibility in the future.

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Re: Parallel port for PCI bus that works with Mach3 - just passing along info
« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2015, 07:48:11 AM »
I am only just beginning to get into the cnc scene. But, from what I gather about Mach 3 is that it is very feature rich for the price but it is picky. And, with me just getting into the hobby, Id like to stick to tried and true methods. Its only a cnc plasma table. I dont need top notch, nor all the bells and whistles. But, then again this is my first machine. Do you have a good resource for this ethernet smooth stepper topic, where I could read up on it? After all the trouble I just went through with Windows XP and the first parallel card Its sounds like a definate possibility in the future.

http://www.warp9td.com/

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