How Do I Enable My Bi-directional Support on My Kodak Printer?

By Bonnie Conrad

Although most of the time printer users will not need it, bi-directional support is sometimes needed when printing to a Kodak printer. Fortunately, enabling this feature is easy, requiring only a couple of easy steps.

Check the Firewall

The firewall that is built into many versions of the Windows operating system may prevent bi-directional printing. If you need to have bi-directional printing enabled, be sure to check your firewall settings first. To check the settings for the firewall, click on "Start" and choose "Control Panel." Double-click the "Windows Firewall" applet and disable the firewall. You should now be able to enable bi-directional printing on your Kodak printer.

Check the Bi-directional Setting

After the firewall has been disabled, the next thing to do is check the current setting for bi-directional printing. In most cases, the bi-directional printing will not be needed, so it may be turned off by default. To check the bi-directional setting Click on the "Start" button and choose "Printers and Faxes" from the menu. Right-click on your Kodak printer and choose "Properties" from the menu. Choose the "Ports" tab and check the box that says "Enable bi-directional support." Click "Apply to save your settings."

Test the Printer

After the bi-directional printing has been enabled, be sure to test the printer to make sure that it is working correctly. You may need to restart the computer after changing the printer settings, so if the printer does not function properly at first, be sure to restart the PC and the printer and try your print job again.