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Got sick of windows crashes and hearing how good linux was, so I dled last night and installed this morning (Mandrake 9.2) . Only thing is I have no expeirence in this and dont know what I am doing. Im trying to install a driver for my zip drive ( Iomega 250 ), I unzipped, then untared, what do I do after that. The zip still doesnt work.
After you have un-compressed the drivers, what does it say that you should do? Are you installing from the source or what? You should give us more info so we can help you or else we'll have no idea what to do unless we have zip drives as well.
Im pretty sure its not self extracting, I installed wine earlier, which was self extracting and didnt have a problem (with the install anyway). It didnt specify what type it was. I got it from omegas official site, I would post url but it says I dont have enough post to do that yet.
i'm not sure that you need any special drivers for zip drives. i remember thinking the same way with my modular zip drive for my laptop. it didn't work. i finally discovered by chance that i needed to make my ide channel scsi emulated and the zip drive worked as device /dev/scd4. i then added an entry for that in my fstab. and the zip drive works. the only thing you'll need to do is to find out which ide channel your zip drive is at (/dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, /dev/hdd, etc..) and add a line to either your lilo.conf or grub.conf file. then create an entry in your /etc/fstab file.
what i would do to find out what ide channel you're using is to do this, as it's simple (but not very elegant).
1. open a shell terminal
<enter root password>
3. /sbin/hdparm -I /dev/hdb
<repeat #3 by increasing the last letter until you see IOMEGA or zip or something that will tell you it's your zip drive in the output>
then you'll need to modify your /etc/fstab file to add a scsi-ide line. what boot manager are you using?
See the device it is refering to is probably the unix device file.
So, probably the command you need is going to be something like iw -m /dev/sda1 -mp /zip
Note that you will need to mkdir /zip before you do that.
This command enables Iomega (R) disks to be mounted. An Iomega (R) disk
must be inserted into the Iomega (R) device before this command can be
If the disk is password protected, use the -pw option to temporarily
remove password protection (Except for read/write protected disks. In this
case you must remove protection from the disk before mounting can occur).
An error message will be generated if attempting to mount a Non-Iomega
Mountpoint to which deivce will be mounted. If mountpoint is not
provided, Iomegaware (R) for Linux will default according to the
following (in the /mnt directory):
ZIP100 disks --> zip100.0, zip100.1, zip100.2, etc.
ZIP250 disks --> zip250.0, zip250.1, zip250.2, etc.
JAZ1G disks --> jaz1g.0, jaz1g.1, jaz1g.2, etc.
JAZ2G disks --> jaz2g.0, jaz2g.1, jaz2g.2, etc.
Of course, these mount points must have already been created before
Iomegaware (R) for Linux can mount the disks.
This is in the readme.txt file that come with the Linux version of Iomegaware. Make sure the disk is being recognised at boot: i.e. have it connected and turned on. Look in the dmesg output for which device it is. (Command: dmesg | less) Before you issue iw -m be sure to put the Zip disk in the drive.
(i'm guessing you're dual booting with a windows installation).
what's the screen say when you boot and you're given a choice of which os you want to boot into? does it say grub or lilo? i don't know what the default boot manager is for mdk 9.2 since i don't use it.
ok I think I got my zip drive problems fixed thanks alot guys !!!
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