I wish I knew what was hogging the resources. Seems as if there must be something that can be disabled or removed. Windows assigns IRQ's to devices, and some of them are assigned by default. You don't have an onboard sound that's still enabled, do you? Or an extra video card? (more than one monitor port on the back - I actually saw one like that yesterday)
It's a common problem for sound cards to interfere with the printer port.
I don't know which operating system you're using, but I'm assuming Win98.
You could print out your system information from Device Manager, but you don't have a printer hooked up . . .
You could print it out as a file using a Generic/TTY printer, but that's a bit much to set up.Here's
a thread that you might get some pointers from. You can use msinfo32 to see your irq assignments, and there are some tips regarding removing ACPI from the BIOS to resolve the conflict that I thought sounded interesting. And the part about moving the card to another slot so Windows will re-arrange the IRQ's. Some of the IRQ's cannot be used - they're hardwired as something necessary, such as IRQ 2 for addressing IRQ's 8 through 15. (Those were added at one point - there used to only be eight) Safe IRQ's are 5, 10, 11, and 15. Eight-bit sound cards need to be on IRQ 5. (Should be obsolete) But you can use IRQ 5 for a sound card because it's otherwise reserved for Printer Port 2 - and who uses two parallel ports?
This is really hard to sort out, but here
is some more helpful information.
Plug and Pray, er, Play was supposed to resolve some of these problems, but they're still with us.