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Old 10-07-2001, 02:16 PM   #1
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Smile Iomega Zip 250 Installation(mount)

I have Suse Pro 7.1 Linux.I have tried to learn how to mount my Iomega Zip 250 Drive,but I only have the concept down;I need the nuts and bolts of it.I am begining to know mount,kernel compilation,and driver installation,but I can't seem to bring it all togather.I downloaded the linux driver from Iomega.I think I have the right kernel package,but I don't know how to verify it.I believe I have downloaded Ziptool from the CD,but I don't know what purpose it fullfills.Is it a GUI for zip administration?I really don't know if I am using the right command prompt.I am using the"xterm" shell.I have only used Linux for a month. Mark
Old 10-08-2001, 11:23 AM   #2
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Hi !!!

What kind of interface is your zip drive, parallel, scsi, or ide?

If it's scsi or parallel then you can use ziptool with it, but I recomend that you download jaZip (an improved version of ziptool with GUI) from here:

In case that your drive is IDE, then you need to do some things first to emulate scsi on ide devices (ziptool and jaZip only support scsi devices)

1.- open yast and go to system admin -> kernel and boot config, now in there in the field of append for boot parameter (or something like that) type:

(where x is the letter of your drive a,b,c,d-> a=primaster, b=prislave, c=secmaster, d=secslave)
save and exit yast

2.- Go to /etc/init.d/ and open the archive "boot.local" and type at the end of the file:

/sbin/modprobe ide-scsi
save and close

3.- Now go to /etc/ and open the archive "modules.conf" and search for the line that says scsihostdapter off and change it for scsihostadapter ide-scsi
save and close

4.- Extract the downloaded file and enter that directory, open the archive "main.c" (or main.h don't remember exactly) and change the device /dev/sda with sda4 (for some unknown reason iomega drives use block 4)
save and close

5.- Install the program and enjoy.

Old 10-08-2001, 01:36 PM   #3
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Thank you!

Thank you again for your responces.You must be a teacher because you are so patient and helpful. I do have the parallel zip drive. Mark


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