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How to use the physical parallel port in a guest with virtual box

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I am trying to virtualise a DOS guest on a windows 7 host because the physical box is going to break in short (386, very old). Unfortunately there is a software running using a hardware dongle on parallel port. AFAIK there is no virtual parallel port in vbox, and anyways it probably would not work with a dongle.

So how can I configure vbox to exclusively use the hosts parallel port?

posted Nov 7, 2013 by Sheetal Chauhan

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Hi, i was wondering if you ever get the vbox to run parallel printer? I have the same issue, I need to run dos with print function on parallel port.

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VirtualBox has had parallel port support for a while, but it is not visible in the UI.You need to use the VBoxManage to configure it. See section 8.8.1 of the manual, --lptmode and --lpt options. Version 4.2.0 apparently has "Added support for parallel port passthrough on Windows hosts", according to the change log.

answer Nov 7, 2013 by Sumit Pokharna
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