Parallel port.

  FRANNY 23:17 03 Feb 04
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On my oldish laptop,it says in the manual that the parallel port supports ECP AND EPP modes.I want to do data transfer from my main computer,will this help me,if so what are my minimum cable requirements,thank you.

  LastChip 00:28 04 Feb 04

Enhanced Capabilities Port & Enhanced Parallel Port are standards that define how the data is processed.

You can use a Parallel Port to transfer data by getting a suitable cable to connect the ports, but by network standards, it will be a slow option. However, if the files are relatively small, or time is not an issue, it will work perfectly well.

All you need loaded, is the inbuilt Direct Cable Connection available within the Windows operating system, under "Communications".

  JerryJay 00:59 04 Feb 04

)1) You need to use laplink cable, you can get one from Ebuyer for £5.84 inc VAT (Cable/ Laplink Parallel DB25M>M, Product code 21855) click here. For Win9x machine, you can use direct cable connection function, but you cannot do it on XP. I donot know what software you can use for it. I tried many softwrae before, a lot of trouble.

(2) If you have USB port in you oldish Laptop, it is better to transfer it through USB port. It is quick and the cable is cheap (software come with it, very easy to do it). You can get usb datalink cable (not normal usb cable) cheaply from Ebuyer (click here) USB1 one just £5.13 inc VAT (product code 39504), USB2 one £9.84 inc VAT (product code 51250), you can get it from Maplin (£19.99) click here

(3) If you do not have usb port, you can get a adaptor from Ebuyer (£12.92) click here (Ebuyer 2 Port Hi-speed USB 2.0 Cardbus Pcmcia Adapter, code 48669)

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