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I was looking at some old computers at my school that had this weird pink, large port on the rear I/O. After an hour or so of research, I found out that these are called “Parallel/LPT†ports. Just out of curiosity, what do they do, what’s the point of them? I can’t seem to find that out.
 
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This makes me feel old. It basically served the purpose USB does now. It connected printers, scanners and other peripherals.

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So it was basically just USB except physically 23598203598 times bigger?
 
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Lmao... seriously? Its what you use to connect your older printers and scanners. Its obsolete now. It wasn't really like USB though... i only remember printers and scanners using it.
    
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Yep old school printer/scanner port. yes feeling very old now, I used to have a printer that used that connection.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by HouseJhereg View Post
Yep old school printer/scanner port. yes feeling very old now, I used to have a printer that used that connection.
I have 3 printers that use that port including a LaserJet II and LaserJet III.

I remember when any computer worth it's weight in salt had one. First computer I bought without one felt odd.
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post #7 of 11
sighhh... ahh the good ole days
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here i was never even owning a printer or a scanner.. lol
post #9 of 11
On older laptops they could almost always be used as a diagnostic port! Even still they usually can be, if they're on a mobo you have. Could even do networking through them.(very slow)
But as people said, most often used for printers/scanners.
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They can be very useful for chip programming devices such as jtag, etc.

Id be lost without one when it comes to programming cable modems and the like.

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