how to mount a parallel port zip drive under RH 6.0

how to mount a parallel port zip drive under RH 6.0

Post by Tom Hol » Sun, 09 May 1999 04:00:00

Thanks to all who responded to the above problem.  Here's the shortest
solution, synthesised from the responses, that worked for me.

When installing Linux, if you have no scsi devices other than the zip drive,
choose no scsi devices when asked.

insert into the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file the lines:

/sbin/insmod parport
/sbin/insmod ppa

create the directory /mnt/zip

insert into /etc/fstab the line:

/dev/sda4   /mnt/zip   msdos   noauto   0 0

then, reboot.

If you then type:

mount /mnt/zip

this should give you a working zip drive on the directory /mnt/zip


1. mounting zip drive -- parallel -- RedHat 6.0

I downloaded a nice 'ziptool' (a gui for using zip drive).  But I can't
mount the drive.
I tried  mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip, alas, to no avail.  I get the

msg that it is not a block device.   I have tried many suggestions from
the newsgroup replies and none seem to work.   One book I have says to
run 'insmod scsi_mod' and then 'insmod sd_mod' and also for 'parport',
'parport_pc' and 'ppa' but trying the scsi_mod, I get the msg 'no module

by that name found.'
One of the newsgroup replies lists the mount command and says this
supposes x,y, and z AND 'that you have scsi support in the kernel'.  I
thought, 'AHA!', this is the key.  So I inserted my install floppy and
booted and selected 'upgrade' and when it asked if I had any scsi
devices I said 'yes'.    Unfortunately, the install wizard did not
believe me and said it could not detect any scsi device.  And I didn't
know any 'option' I could add.  So, I went back and said no to 'scsi
devices' and thought maybe it would be listed among the packages to
install, but I could not find it.
Any suggestions?

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