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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - parallel port

Q: Which operating systems are supported by the parallel port connection?
A:
Total Commander supports connections between any combination of Windows 95, 98, ME, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 3.1 (16 bit version), and now also Windows XP (see remark below). Furthermore, there is a parallel port server for DOS available on our addons page, which doesn't support any long file names, though.

Q: I'm getting download error 4 on WinXP! How can I fix this?
A:
Windows XP comes with its own parallel port connection. If you have installed this on the same port on which you try to use Total Commander's parallel port connection, the two will interfere and prevent the transfer of some files. Solution: Remove Windows XP's own parallel port connection from this port!

Q: What kind of cable do I need for the parallel port connection?
A:
You need a parallel port cable with crossed lines, a so-called 4 bit or nibble mode cable. The cable has a 25 pin connector with pins (not holes) on both sides and is most often sold as parallel port cable for Interlink or parallel port cable for direct cable connection. At least the following lines need to be connected:

2 <----> 15
3 <----> 13
4 <----> 12
5 <----> 10
6 <----> 11
10 <----> 5
11 <----> 6
12 <----> 4
13 <----> 3
15 <----> 2
25 <----> 25 (ground)

Q: Does Total Commander support the USB port too?
A:
Yes, with Total Commander 7.55, support for the USB port was added! Please see the - USB port FAQ
for details.

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