for additional information: See Parallel
Technologies' Web Site
for detailed information on Windows 95/98/ME
to Windows 2000 DirectParallel® DCC
connections: There are some
very helpful Step-By-Step Setup Instructions for setting
DirectParallel® Direct Cable Connection (DCC)
on Windows 95/98/2000/ME:
You should get after a
few seconds the
status message, that it is verifying the
username and password, and (if you
at startup the logon to the "Windows
and NOT the "Client for Microsoft
the User Logon :
enter a valid Windows 2000
username and Password, and if there
is no Domain-server, then leave the
field for "Logon domain" empty !
If you get disconnected immediately,
then your Username and password has
been most probably incorrect
(I got this, when I had in the
something defined )
If we use TCP/IP as protocol,
you will be prompted to the name
of the DCC-host, please enter
the computer name of your
After a few seconds, it should display
shared resources of the DCC host, which
you can now access the usual way.
Note: on my system, the parallel DCC
connection was terminated after a very short
time (less than a minute) unless I opened
immediately one of the shared resources
of the DCC host.
That is due to a bug in Windows 2000, ( see below the info found in Q261276 ), dropping
the connection if it is not used for 20-40 sec.
When you display the shared resource, then
the Client will check in the background for
any change inside that folder, keeping the
connection active. You can also use the
workaround with PING suggested in Q261276.
Using Win95/98 command (via start /
"WINIPCFG", you can
verify the IP-address
assigned by the DCC-host to your
(similar to the information
displayed on the DCC-host)
All other items (IPC$ message,
Accessing other systems on the network)
are identical to connecting
via a modem.
Direct Cable Connection Drops Shortly After Connecting
information in this article applies to:
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
direct cable connection through a parallel port has been inactive
for 20 to 40 seconds, the connection may be disconnected. Note
that this problem only occurs when you use a parallel port for
direct connection from your Windows 98/95-based computer to a
Windows 2000-based computer.
The problem is
caused by a failure in the Windows 2000 parallel port driver.
fix that corrects this problem is now available from Microsoft,
but it has not been fully regression tested and should be applied
only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. If
you are not severely affected by this specific problem, Microsoft
recommends that you wait for the next Windows 2000 service pack
that contains this fix.
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product
Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of
Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information
about support costs, please go to the following address on the
World Wide Web:
version of this fix should have the following file attributes or
Date Time Size File name
06/22/2000 08:24p 17,680 Ptilink.sys
To work around
this problem, use the following method:
Use a batch
file to continuously ping the Windows 2000 host from the
connecting guest. A continuous ping can be performed by using the
-t switch and specifying the IP address of the Windows 2000 Host.
The IP address of the Windows 2000 host could be the assigned
address of a connected network adapter, or the first address in
the configured pool of addresses for connecting clients.
pool = 184.108.40.206 to 192.168.1.3
Use the command:
ping -t 192.168.1.1
confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000.