Thnx for reply. Tried bios to disable the 9 pin just to see if that would remove from device manager (previously uninstalled driver but kept coming back) but for some reason the bios does not allow you to disable onboard ports (bios is vry limited on this machine)
Was able to get dongle to work pcmcia-db25 - used a different pcmcia card then changed port to bidirectional (in the bios - which is odd since the pcmcia parallel port wouldnt even be seen during boot) then uninstalled everything again, and then reinstalled and it finally read the dongle!
But i still don't understand why it is showing a 9 pin as an LPT port (I now have 2 LPT ports showing - the PCMCIA and the 9 pin).
Is it even possible for a 9 pin to act as a parallel port (sans 3rd party) ?
It now is just an item that i need to find out for curiosity reasons and i can stop denting my wall with my forehead. thnx