LPT Detection problems

James Dingwall (jd5477@bristol.ac.uk)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 10:27:34 +0100 (BST)

Has anybody experienced a problem with LPT detection? For some reason my
2.1.3(0,1,2) kernels don't always detect the port. I use loadlin to boot
linux and pass it lp=378,7 at the command line. If I boot linux directly
from my autoexec.bat file having picked it from and WIN-95 -> MS-DOS 6.22
startmenu choice then it fails to detect the port. However if I go to
MS-DOS from my startmenu and then from a dos command prompt boot linux the
port is detected fine if the printer is on but not otherwise.

Can anyone suggest why this is happening? Does something need to be
changed in the kernel detection routine? I don't know my motherboard
specs off hand but I can find them out if necessary.


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