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  1. #1
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    Default New PC printer hookup

    I just built a new Windows 7 PC. It is Lenovo Thinkcenter M7635. It does not have a parallel port. My printer is a Tektronics Phaser 560 currently connected a windows XP system. Apparently there are windows 7 drivers available but how do I connect to the PC? Do I need a parallel card?

    And why is my question mark coming up a uppercase E with an accent
    Operation Overlord.

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    If the XP box is still around and usually turned on...and both are networked. You can share the printer and pull the driver down to your 7 box. The only downside is your XP box would have to be on in order to print.

    They make USB parallel port adaptor cables. I have never used them before and if you use any fancy features or monitor programs, it may interfere with their operation. There are also USB parallel port adaptors (I have used those with some luck). Whatever you use, make sure it's IEEE 1284 compliant and you should be ok.

    A expansion card would work, but PCI is pretty much gone these days. PCI express is the new version I think and it never took off, so this route may be expensive.

    If your printer has a network card (looks like it's a option), networking the printer would be the best solution. You may be able to find a card cheap. You can get HP nic's for under $15. Xerox isn't as common, so you prices may be higher. Anyone can print, and it's a much more reliable connection.

    As for your E problem..... ?E?E?E?E?E?E?E?E ??? Check your language/regional settings in control panel. Make sure you are set to the proper English (Canadian). Some languages/subsets of them have hot keys to trigger marks like that when needed.. I'm guessing you found one. There's options to turn language stuff on and off. There may be hot keys to enable these features too (look in accessability options too)
    Last edited by Mr T; 11-18-2014 at 09:49 PM.

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    The E problem has been resolved. I reset the PC and cleared up. I checked the language and keyboard settings and they looked fine.
    A reboot cleared it back to normal. I must have hit the windows or control key combo to change it.
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    If all else fails...reboot. Microsoft needs to put that right on the box.

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    Checked my keyboard layouts and everything looked good. When turned on this morning everything was fine again.
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    The language change setting happens when you inadvertently hit the left alt button and a shift key (LEFT ALT+ SHIFT). Usually happens when you capitalize the one of the letters z, x or c. This is a short-cut key stroke that is programmed in Windows 7. By going into your Control Panel>Region and Language>Keyboards and Languages>Change Keyboards> you can select if you want to change the key stroke combination or put the change language setting on the task bar for easy access. Under the language bar I just select "Docked on the taskbar". That way when I inadvertently hit the combination it is an easy fix.

    No need to reboot or exit out of anything.

    Cheers

    John
    John Kuehnl-Cadwell
    Master Electrician
    Datawise Solutions Inc
    www.datawisesolutions.ca

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