What is the "Direct Parallel" network driver in Windows 2000? Here's the whole story:
Asus P5A-B mobo
500 MHz AMD K6-2
128 MB Crucial PC100 RAM
6.0 GB Seagate HD, 2 primary partitions, one FAT32 for Win 98, one NTFS for Win 2000.
3Com 3C905B-TX network adapter, connected to cable modem.
Aureal Vortex sound card
When I powered on the system and booted to Windows 2000, I would get a BSOD, error loading raspti.sys driver. If I did a hard reset at this point, the system would boot normally. It seems that this BSOD would occur the first time the system was powered on. After poking around a bit, I found that a hidden device, the "Direct Parallel" network adapter, used the raspti.sys driver. So, like any good troubleshooter, I disabled that sucker to see if I really needed it. So far, so good, but my curiosity is killing me -- WHAT did I disable, and will I see problems in the long run?
Direct Parallel is when you connect a special cable for your LPT1 and connect the other end to the target PC on a LPT1 also. Its called a null modem cable so you can transfer files without getting a NIC. It comes in handy sometimes. Never got it to work right on my system here.