before i upgraded my pc, i had my parallel printer connected to the computer and my scanner then connected to the printer and both worked fine. since the upgrade and having reconnected the printer and scanner in the same way as previous, i can no longer get the scanner to work. any ideas what may be wrong?
No, he as got to have changed the motherboard. As I did the same years ago you will not now get it to work that way, you can get a parallel switch so you can change from one to the other about £7 or £8 from a comp fair plus you need cables to suit.
As woodchip says, accosnr, it probably wont work that way anymore, Windows likes to be in constant contact with it's peripherals and they with it. The scanner and the printer will be fighting with eachother to have access. Try attaching them one at a time see if they work. Your scanner will probably need updated drivers for Win 98.