Originally Posted by joseyu
That's because there was a mid-life upgrade for the 8600 that got rid of all the older ports like the serial and parallel ports, since not many use them anymore. Instead, I think they upgraded all the USB ports to USB 2.0 compatible instead of just one.
No "upgrades" were made in the 8600c that I know of. Couple of other sneaky downgrades to the 8600 (not couting the obvious like legacy ports (ir,serial, parallel)):
- coin-cell as opposed to the rechargable cmos battery
- spdif possibility taken out
- no smart card (not sure about this)