ZIP Drive Problem solved - thanks!!!

ZIP Drive Problem solved - thanks!!!

Post by Dave Come » Sun, 01 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Thanks all who responed to my help request for ZIP drive problems.
The solution was to fdisk /dev/sda4. I thought there were supose to
be two devices (/dev/sda1 for ext2 and /dev/sda4 for msdos). When,
infact /dev/sda4 is used for both. It depends on the format of the
disk just like a floppy. THe ZIP drive works great now!

Also thanks for the tip on dmesg to rad the messages from boot

I LOVE Linux!

Dave Comer
Dave Comer (KC5QNU)

I've reached my max at 64MB!

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1. Iomega ZIP parallel zip drive under red hat linux 6.0 problem solved

Thanks to all that sent me suggestions on how to get the $%(#!! thing
working.  Help, particularly the free kind, is always appreciated.

Success came when, contrary to what the FAQ implies, I discovered that
a parallel port zip drive is not ALWAYS /dev/sda4.

On my computer it happened to be /dev/sdc4 -- maybe that's because I
have 3 SCSI adapters in it and a handful of SCSI hard drives and peripherals.
I dunno.

So if you're ready to take a chainsaw to your spiffy new ZIP drive because
you've done
  $ insmod parport
  $ insmod ppa
  $ mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /zipdrive
and all the damn thing says back to you is
    mount: /dev/sda4 is not a valid block device
try /dev/somethingelse, in particular /dev/sdb4, /dev/sdc4, and so on.

Phil Geiger

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