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Install a Parallel or Serial Card

1. Check for available ISA or PCI slots (places to put expansion cards) in your computer first. To do this, turn off and unplug the computer. Remove the cover.
2. Check the motherboard for available ISA or PCI slots. Your computer manual can help you identify the slots you have.
3. Record this information and buy the appropriate parallel or serial card.
4. Remove the interface card from its packaging. (Remember to ground yourself before handling the card or computer components.)
5. Align the card to the matching ISA or PCI slot and ensure that the parallel and/or serial ports are easily accessible from the outside of the computer.
6. Carefully insert the card into the slot and push firmly into place. Secure the card with a screw in the metal tab.
7. Replace the cover, plug in the power cord, and turn on the computer.

Configure New Ports in Windows 95 or 98
8. Attach the device (scanner, printer, modem, etc.) that you want to add.
9. Use Windows 95 or 98 to automatically detect and configure the ports and new devices.
10. If Windows does not automatically detect the new ports, open the Control Panel by clicking Start, pointing to Settings, and clicking Control Panel.
11. Double-click Add New Hardware.
12. Follow the prompts in the Add New Hardware wizard.
13. If the device is not detected or does not appear in the new hardware list, select Ports (COM & LPT) in the list of hardware types.
14. Follow the prompts to finishing configuring the ports.
15. Restart the computer to complete the port configuration.

Overall Tips:
If your new ports conflict with existing ones (both trying to use the same IRQ setting), see "How to Resolve IRQ Conflicts in Serial or Parallel Ports."
Consider buying a multifunction (parallel, serial and possibly game port) or multiport card (2-4 ports on a card) to meet your current and future needs.
Consider buying an enhanced or high-speed port card to provide faster performance for devices such as modems.
Check the specifications of the parallel or serial card port to ensure that it supports interrupts (IRQs) other than the standard IRQ3 and IRQ4, such as IRQ10 and IRQ11. Most commercially available cards provide a range of supported IRQs.

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Overall Warnings:
Make sure you are grounded (touch safe metal, such as the computer frame) before touching the computer components. Static electricity can build up in your body and be discharged on the computer components, causing permanent damage to them.


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