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    Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port work

    Hi I have an up to date PC with added parallel port so that I can use my HP Laserjet 5 (a printer I'm still happy with). It's fine printing from applications on Win 10.

    I can't however print from XP in Virtualbox. I have my old mail in there in Demon Turnpike which sadly doesn't work on Win10.

    I understood there are a couple of lines of code one can type in to enable the LPT but I couldn't see where to write them.

    Anyone know how to enable LPT1 in Virtualbox?

    Alternatively, would a print server Scan Code: LN39870 work between Virtualbox and HPLJ5?
    Ideally, I'd rather not spend fifty pounds and have to use more energy.

    Help appreciated,
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    Last edited by Frank E; 04-03-2016 at 06:59 PM.

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    Re: Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port wo

    I would share the printer in windows and then print to the queue.
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    Re: Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port wo

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    I would share the printer in windows and then print to the queue.
    This, tbh. Your Win 10 machine can act as a print server and (unless you've messed with your VB setup) both the XP virtual machine and your win 10 physical machine should be on a virtual network.

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    Re: Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port wo

    Thanks.
    In Win 10
    From Devices and Printers>clicked on printer> Customise Your Printer > Sharing tab> I've checked on Share. Render print job on client computer is unchecked.

    It's still not printing though.
    What do you mean print to the queue.
    Sorry, being thick here.

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    Re: Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port wo

    OK, once the printer is shared you should be able to connect to it as a network printer from Windows XP... try "add a new printer", then "add a printer on another computer" (I think, long time since I supported Win XP ).

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    Re: Unable to print to LPT1 in Virtualbox. Would a print server with parallel port wo

    Many thanks.
    I installed a Win 10 32 bit VM. Unfortunately I used the last Win 10 licence from Dreamspark before realising the EDU version is not too dissimilar to an enterprise version.
    I still had problems setting up the homegroup on the Win X 64 host then finding the printer on the WinX 32 Host from the VM but I tried a few different networking types and up the print queues popped.

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