Parallel Port 100MB ZIP drive

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Shoaiby

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Sep 15, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/15/99
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I have two problems:

Problem #1:
I have Linux 2.2.10 (SuSE 6.3) installed on my system and I'm trying to
automate mounting of my parallel port zip drive at boot time. After
sifting through several newsgroup articles, I read that the best place
to load the driver for the zip drive was in /etc/rc.d/boot.local. I
placed 'modprobe ppa' in /etc/rc.d/boot.local. To mount the drive, I
placed an appropriate entry in /etc/fstab. When the system boots,
however, the /etc/fstab gets read in BEFORE /etc/rc.d/boot.local is
executed. The mount fails since the driver hasn't been loaded yet. Is
there a way I can get around this problem ?

Problem #2:
On the command line, doing a 'modprobe ppa' and then doing a mount
works SOMETIMES. Other times, I get a mount error saying that /dev/sda4
could not be mounted. So I decided to recompile the kernel with 'IOMEGA
ZIP DRIVE' support. I do a 'make xconfig' and under the SCSI low-level
menu, I want to select the 'IOMEGA ZIP DRIVE' but it's grayed out !!!
What does that mean ? How do I get around this ?


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Jerry Lapham

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Sep 16, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/16/99
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In <7rp5ft$4ov$1...@nnrp1.deja.com>, on 09/15/99
at 10:10 PM, Shoaiby <sh...@ibm.net> said:

> I have Linux 2.2.10 (SuSE 6.3) installed on my system and I'm trying to
> automate mounting of my parallel port zip drive at boot time. After
> sifting through several newsgroup articles, I read that the best place
> to load the driver for the zip drive was in /etc/rc.d/boot.local. I
> placed 'modprobe ppa' in /etc/rc.d/boot.local. To mount the drive, I
> placed an appropriate entry in /etc/fstab. When the system boots,
> however, the /etc/fstab gets read in BEFORE /etc/rc.d/boot.local is
> executed. The mount fails since the driver hasn't been loaded yet. Is
> there a way I can get around this problem ?

I have "noauto" in my fstab line for the Zip drive, so it doesn't try to
mount. I mount it when I need it, which just takes a mouse click with
KDE.

-Jerry
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