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Thread: SCSI Scanner connecting to a Parallel Port?

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    SCSI Scanner connecting to a Parallel Port?

    Hello there; "PC Guide Forum",

    Is it possible to connect a the 25 pins end of a scsi scanner cable to the parralel port of a PC, and have the scanner working properlly?
    I know that the cable will phisically connect, but will it digitally work?
    Is there a peripheral you can buy to make this work?
    The reasons behind this is; I need a PCI slot on my board. The SCSI card shares an ISA slot with a PCI slot openning to the back of the tower. I don't want to get rid of the scanner for a new cheap USB one. My parallel port is open, as my printer is on my router printer port.
    I need the PCI slots to install a FireWire card. All my PCI are in use (Sound, LAN, FaxModem, and the ISA/PCI used by the SCSI.)My motherboard is a AOpen AX34-U.
    Help is greatly appreciated, Thank you all.

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    I am pretty sure you are out of luck. SCSI and parallel are two very different interfaces. I could be wrong, so stay tuned for more responses.

    Meanwhile, the newer scanners are usually not only USB/firwire, but they are also generally capable of better scans than scanners from more than a couple of years back. It may be worthwhile to reconsider getting a new one....
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    How many devices do you have hooked up to the SCSI card right now??

    How many pins are on the connector??

    You may just need to pick up a different cable with enough connectors...

    Or, if your other devices are 50 pin there's probably an adapter to go 50 to 25...
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    Well, you could always go back to the onboard sound.......

    No, there isn't any easy (or hard one) way to use a SCSI scanner on a parallel port.
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