|Make sure the parallel port is enabled in the bios Setup. |
If it already is, or if it wasn't and that doesn't help...
Make sure it isn't disabled in Device Manager.
Are you sure it's working? Have you tried the motion controller swith another computer since trying it with this laptop?
Usually a device that works in EPP mode also works in ECP mode, but there are exceptions.
Laptop bioses are notorious regarding the brand name's bios version leaving out settings that the mboard's bios is otherwise capable of.
Sometimes you can buy a bios UPGRADE online for your particular model that you can flash the bios with so it supports all the features the bios and the mboard main chipset is capable of supporting, including all possible cpu types, but the disadvantage of that is you probably would not then have the option of using the Recovery disks for your model, because it's likely the program will quit when it detects the bios version is no longer the brand name's bios version - in your case Sony.
You could buy
- a PCMCIA (PC Card) to enhanced parallel port adapter,
- or an ExpressCard enhanced parallel port adapter, whichever type of slot you have,
- or a motion controller than can use ECP mode or EPP/ECP mode,
but as I said above:
" USB to parallel port adapter cables or other USB to parallel adapters that have the circuits built in to convert from the USB to parallel port interface often do NOT work with anything other than a printer or the printer component in a all-in-one, unless the device's description tells you otherwise."