|"The PCI parallel adaptor card is a StarTech PEX1P"|
1 Port PCI Express Dual Profile Parallel Adapter Card - SPP/EPP/ECP
It's not a PCI card - it's a PCI-E card.
The drivers must be installed correctly.
They are NOT built into the operating system - they're on the CD that came with the card.
Did you follow the installation instructions in the PEX1P.pdf manual on the CD, or in printed instructions that may have come with it ?
You should see PCI Express ECP Parallel Port listed under Ports (COM and LPT) in Device Manager
I have never installed a PCI-E parallel port card.
- it would have the same standard I/O addreses available for it that a legacy parallel port built into a mboard can use, but there is no info ablout that in the docuemts on the StarTech web site.
- that any device that works with a parallel port built into a mboard or a PCI parallel port card will work.
The IRQ for the PCI-E slot may be shared with another slot that has a device plugged into it that the PEX1P card is having a problem sharing resources with - that doesn't necessarily show up in Windows. If there is another PCI-E slot available that you can plug the PEX1P card into, try plugging the card into that slot instead.
Do you have a parallel connected printer available you could try with the PEX1P card ?
"The PCMCIA card reader has no manufacturers name on it (may be Metrum), but the card is made by Consillia."
Search usding Metrum finds no significant "hits".
Apparently Consilia, one L, not two, is a Latin word. I get very few "hits" when I search using Consillia, more when I search using Consilia, but have found nothing related to PCMCIA , or PCMCIA card reader.
Is there a model number on it ?
Are you SURE it's a PCMCIA card reader and NOT a PCMCIA parallel port adapter ?
Here's some examples of PCMCIA card readers you connect to a parallel port:
A PCMCIA parallel port adapter would NOT have a a slot for plugging a PCMCIA card into.