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Old 10-08-2006, 12:33 PM   #1
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Red face Problem with ppa recognizing usb printer, Lexmark X75, concerning Zip drive

This being my first post, I figured I'd jump right in! A few days ago, I hooked up a zip drive to my Shuttle Mini pc. I reset the Bios to try to boot from the zip disk, not to have zip slack, just to recognize it. However, I was having problems with getting the bios to recognise the Zip drive itself. Thinking to attack the problem at a higher level, I did some research and created a symlink to sda4, as that is the port associated with my Iomega zip drive.

However, the mount proccess reported this(paraphrasing):

Zipdrive is not a valid block device
I've definitely heard that before. ugh. It turns out that I needed to get the ppa module up and running(my kernel supports scsi devices). However, I got the error code that pops up when a printer is not installed. Now, aside from my questions as to why a zip drive would even need a printer present to work, I decided to put the piece of junk printer I have to good use. It's a Lexmark X75 printer, and the installation went smoothly. I used http//:localhost631 to set it up, and everything went well, but ppa still won't detect the printer!

I believe this is because the printer is a usb printer, and ppa is for scsi, no? With that in mind my questions are:

Is there a way to get ppa to accept a usb printer in order to get my zip drive working?

If not, is there a way to set up slackware so that it thinks an scsi printer is connected, even though there isn't because my shuttle doesn't have an scsi printer port?

If not, is there any other way I can get the computer to recognize and mount the zip drive to the point where I can store files on it and even eventually create a zipslack distribution on it?

This seems to be a rather narrow problem, as google couldn't provide any help... or it does, but the help is on the 500th page. Anybody's help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, everyone!

Old 10-08-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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