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parallel port
« on: March 31, 2016, 03:18:29 PM »
I need to replace my designated computer.  The new ones do not have a parallel port as you know.  I know I read some where about a external parallel port that worked well with CNC. ~ ~That's the end of my knowledge about it. Advice Please ~ ~ Also Is there a good minimum CPU size I should stay above,

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Re: parallel port
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 05:22:28 PM »
I myself gave up on second hand computers. I went with a new build. Put it together for under $200.
Other have had good luck with used. I have not. As for parallel ports, I added in a PCI-E PP card.

You can check out newegg(I use the Canadian site)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=parallel+port&N=-1&isNodeId=1
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 09:32:15 PM »
$200 plus a operating system ?

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Re: parallel port
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016, 09:36:27 PM »
yes, plus OS.
Re: parallel port
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2016, 12:56:19 AM »
Dell still offers parralel as standard
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2016, 02:27:02 AM »
thanks, ,I will check it out

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Re: parallel port
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2016, 03:16:13 AM »
Lots of motherboards still have onboard Parallel Ports, it is just they are on a header and you require a ribbon cable and backplate to connect to them.
Below is a pic of the header circled.
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Re: parallel port
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2016, 03:32:06 AM »
Sorry last pic was the serial port header ::)
Here is the LPT port header.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 12:15:55 AM »
good talking to you Mr. hood.  Can I take the ribbon and back plate from tis one and work it in.

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Re: parallel port
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 05:08:12 PM »
If you already have a suitable ribbon cable and backplate then you would be able to use it with any motherboard that has the LPT header on it.
If not then they are cheap enough, here is an example I got from a google search.
http://www.pccables.com/LPT.html

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