Windows 2000 doesn't detect Iomega parallel port ZIP drive

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Although they are not very common any more, there are still a LOT of them around. If it is not detected on boot, tell W2K to use legacy PnP mode.
  • Right-click My Computer
  • Click Properties
  • Select Hardware tab
  • Expand the Ports (COM & LPT) entry
  • Right-click Printer Port (LPT1) entry
  • Select Properties
  • In the Port Settings tab, select the Enable legacy Plug and Play detection option
  • Reboot
You may need to run the Add/Remove Hardware control panel applet. If it still does not work, try the following registry hack:

Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Parallel\Parameters
Name: ParEnableLegacyZip
Value: 1

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