New Printer vs. Old Scanner

Canon (new printer) + col... / Pixma ip 1900 printer (us...
June 30, 2009 at 08:57:34
Specs: Win XP Pro, Intel Cel. 1.10 GHz

I used to have an old Canon BJC-240 printer for almost 10 years which, after working perfectly for all these years, finally broke down last week. Getting that printer fixed was out of the question due to its age and the high cost of the repair, so I went for a new one instead.

I ended up buying a Canon PIXMA IP 1900, which works all right, but it has no socket for plugging in old scanners like this (I mean parallel port ones, which connect to the LPT1 port through the printer). This means I can't keep the "old setup". That's something I really didn't remember to check or take into account when choosing the new printer at the store.

As a result, I can't use my old scanner now, unless I find a way or walkaround to get it to work again - if it's ever possible, that is!

As for the scanner itself, I'm referring to a Colorado Primax 600p/1200p (parallel port - NOT a USB model). It was connected in the old, "usual" way to the old printer, which was plugged into the computer's LPT1 port.

Unfortunately, I don't have this old scanner's manual and there is very little info about this kind of model on the internet. Even their website ( seems to have vanished, so I have tried to get the scanner to work by doing different things. This is what I've done so far:

As Windows XP Pro does not recognize the scanner at all if I connect it directly to the computer's LPT1 port, first I uninstalled and reinstalled the TWAIN scanner drivers for Win 2000, which are the ones that work under Win XP as well. Windows XP won't detect any new hardware upon boot or reboot. In addition, it won't ever appear listed in Device Manager.

Now this means the scanner's socket that reads "to printer" is not being used, as I've plugged it directly to the computer's LPT1 port. (However, I don't know if that is acceptable or if it can ever work like this).

I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions anyone here might have. I would rather keep my old scanner. Otherwise, I would have to change my scanner and get a new one some time soon.

Thank you in advance.


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June 30, 2009 at 09:18:45
did you go into the bios and confirm the lpt port is enabled?

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June 30, 2009 at 09:43:13
Yes, I did. I will keep on searching for other solutions, though.

Thank you!


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