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Old 01-27-2005, 01:13 AM   #1
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No More Zip Drive!


I have just recently upgraded from Mandrake 10 Community to 10.1 Official. And I found something rather peculiar out, that I have failed to recognize since I installed this distro...

I have no zip drive. I open up MCC and do not see it in detected hardware, and it will not detect it no matter how much I try. Has anyone had this problem?

It is an external serial-powered Zip 100, though when it attached in previous Mandrake installs when I looked at it under MCC it said something about "virtual" SCSI or something to that extent.

How can I get this thing installed? What is my first step? Thanks for the help!

~Allexus
 
Old 01-27-2005, 08:51 AM   #2
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My guess is that this will show up as /dev/sda4 when all is well (must be sda4, not sda1, due to peculiarities of Zip disks).

To make it show up, check your /dev/. I suspect that you will not see /dev/sda4 or even /dev/sda. You can force Mandrake to create these /dev entries by attempting a mount of the device, not the partition. You will get an error, but the /dev entries will be created. So, to do this, issue the following command:

mount -t auto /dev/sda /mnt/any_valid_mount_point

This will give you an error, but you should now see /dev/sda and /dev/sda1.

This normally automounts the disk at this point as /mnt/removable, but if not, you can proceed now with a normal mount command sequence to mount the disk.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 03:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help.

Unfortuantely, my problem is not solved thus far. Here is what I have tried:

Quote:
root@localhost allexus]# mount -t /dev/sda/mnt/sda4
[root@localhost allexus]# mount -a /dev/sda/mnt/sda4
mount: can't find /dev/sda/mnt/sda4 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
[root@localhost allexus]# mkdir /zip
[root@localhost allexus]# mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /zip
mount: special device /dev/sda4 does not exist
[root@localhost allexus]#
Is there anything I can be missing here? Could Mandrake just not be configured to except this sort of drive?

Thanks again,

Allexus
 
Old 01-28-2005, 08:27 AM   #4
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Well, if your post accurately reflects what you have tried, you have missed the "magic formula" so far. Type exactly this:

mount -t auto /dev/sda /mnt/sda4

Make sure that you created /mnt/sda4 prior to doing this.

I can't guarantee that this will work, but it has worked for all of my removable drives (ATAPI Zip, USB Memory Stick, Fireware CompactFlash). I hope it will work for yours.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 12:23 AM   #5
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Hi Mac57...

Here is how its gone so far.

Quote:
[root@localhost allexus]# mount -t auto /dev/sda /mnt/zip
mount: /dev/sda already mounted or /mnt/zip busy
[root@localhost allexus]# mount -t auto /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip
mount: special device /dev/sda4 does not exist
[root@localhost allexus]# umount /dev/sda4
umount: /dev/sda4: not found
[root@localhost allexus]# umount /mnt/sda4
umount: /mnt/sda4: not mounted
[root@localhost allexus]# mount -t auto /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip
mount: special device /dev/sda4 does not exist
Again..mount replies with "special device... does not exist"
Hmmm...when I was running CE edition I had no problems with this; Mandrake usually picks up on my zip drive automatically. This is so weird. -=\

Any other suggestions? Anyone? I'm all ears!

And thanks again!
 
Old 02-03-2005, 12:44 AM   #6
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Hahah! I have fixed it! Browsing the forum I have found someone with a similar issue.

By issuing the command: modprobe ppa the zip drive whirled and was thereby immediately picked up. How neat.

Thanks for your help Mac57!
 
  


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