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Using Parallel Ports
The following sections describe how to use parallel ports with VMware Workstation:
VMware Workstation supports a partial emulation of bidirectional PS/2-style ports.
On Linux hosts, VMware Workstation requires that the parallel port "PC-style hardware" option (CONFIG_PARPORT_PC) be built and loaded as a kernel module (that is, it must be set to "m"). VMware Workstation is unable to use parallel port devices if CONFIG_PARPORT_PC is built directly (compiled) into the kernel. This limitation exists because CONFIG_PARPORT_PC does not correctly export its symbols.