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Old 01-11-2004, 05:15 PM   #1
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setting up MicroSolutions cd-rw through pcmcia

Alright, I have had pretty much *no* luck finding anything useful on pcmcia cd burners. I
know that the pc card is at least identified:

# cardctl config
Socket 0:
not configured
Socket 1:
Vcc 5.0V Vpp1 5.0V Vpp2 5.0V

#cardctl ident
Socket 0:
no product info available
Socket 1:
product info: "Micro Solutions", "BACKPACK PC Card", "200", "1.00"
manfid: 0x022f, 0x0001
function: 3 (parallel)

I also at one point found a webpage featuring my cd-writer, but the only semi-useful thing that it mentioned was that a module called "pg" should be loaded. However I get an error message when trying to load it.

I know that I should have a device file for my cd burner, such as /dev/xxx but I don't know what it should be, especially since it is connected through pcmcia.

The reason I am using it with the pcmcia interface is because it's faster than USB 1.1 and parallel port.

I've read through the CD-writing HOWTO as well as the pcmcia HOWTO, and am still rather lost. If anyone can give me some pointers or even point me to a relevant post/howto I would be very grateful.


Old 02-20-2004, 03:37 PM   #2
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Hi, I have a Backpack parallel-port CD-Rom, and it works fine. Regarding the pg module, it is used for parallel-port cd-R's.

I do not know if the backpack pcmcia card emulates a parallel port. If it is so, my recipe should work for you.

Try inserting the following modules in the order below:

/sbin/insmod parport
/sbin/insmod parport_pc
/sbin/insmod paride
/sbin/insmod pcd
/sbin/insmod pg

If it works, you should be able to read your CD through /dev/pcd0 and to write to it through /dev/pg0. So, issuing something like:
mount /dev/pcd0 /cdrom
should get your drive spinning.

Good luck, and post the outcome of your trial.

Old 03-04-2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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FATAL: Error inserting pcd (/lib/modules/2.6.3/kernel/drivers/block/paride/pcd.ko): Operation not permitted

FATAL: Error inserting pg (/lib/modules/2.6.3/kernel/drivers/block/paride/pg.ko): Operation not permitted

This is what I get. I have no trouble modprobing parport_pc, paride, and parport. I am almost positive that the Backpack uses the parallel port interface. I cannot think of what I'm missing. I even tried using the bpck6 module as well (which looked promising when I compiled my kernel). Any suggestions??



p.s. apologies for the slow reply - I've been doing exams for the past few weeks.

Last edited by trinbellwoods; 03-04-2004 at 06:06 PM.


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