Can't think of anything else that would cause the problem. Tried every single option multiple times just to be sure. The parallel port on my old pc was fine too. If you want to know the bios settings I used HyperGHZ, it's the EPP1.7 setting which worked fine (thanks to Rika Chou). I'm not going to buy a retrode for the same reasons you mentioned. I also have a new pc without parallel port... there's this USB-parallel converter I saw on the web, anyone tried that?