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Old 02-29-2004, 02:03 PM   #1
Idiotnewb
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just installed linux today need help


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.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:05 PM   #2
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well...it depends on the file; is it a "self-extracting" one, like something.bin or did the website you downloaded it from say what kind it is?
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:09 PM   #3
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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.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:14 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 02-29-2004, 02:19 PM   #5
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ok I just went into konsole went into the dir of the file and now it has a whole list of commands to use. mount unmount etc etc.

I am trying to mount it, it says Iomega -m device

I type lw Iomega -m zip it says zip is not a known device.

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Old 02-29-2004, 02:48 PM   #6
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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
2. su
<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?
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:53 PM   #7
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Which ZIP 250? Parallel Port? SCSI? USB?

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.

Code:
 iw -m
   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
   used.
   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
   device.

   -mp mountpoint
         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.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 03:06 PM   #8
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Ok its hdf and I dont know what boot manager Im using whatever is default when you first install mandrake 9.2

and its a zip 250 ide

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Old 02-29-2004, 03:13 PM   #9
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(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.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 03:43 PM   #10
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no I dont think I know how to dual boot windows is on primary hd linux on secondary windows comes up automatically, to boot linux I hit f11 and boot from secondary hd.

Ok something weird has happened I didnt edit any file or mount it yet all I did was resart to try to find out my boot manager and theres a second zip icon on my desktop, and it WORKS!!!

but I dont understand why it says theres 2 zip drives now zip1 icon still doesnt work like before but the zip2 icon does work.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 04:20 PM   #11
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ok I think I got my zip drive problems fixed thanks alot guys !!!

Im installing my sound card now ( creative audigy 2 zs ) Im using the install feature and its telling me to specify a directory. Do I need to put this in certain directory linux sets up for drivers, or does it just mean any directory???
 
  


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