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I can not seem to get my zip drive to be recognized by linux.  I have recompiled the kernal for scsi support and installed drivers for iomega and aha152x.  The boot screen looks for scsi devices, but finds none.  I am doing all of this without Xfree86.  How do I get linux to access my Zip Drive?
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by:bungholio
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This depends on which model you have. Do you have the parallel port version or the straight SCSI version. You need the IOMega low-level driver if you have the parallel version, the driver for your SCSI adapter (it'd guess aha152x in your case) if you have to SCSI model.

You need the following 3 things compiled in:
- Low level driver (IOMega or aha152x or whatever in the lowlevel section)
- SCSI disk support
- SCSI support (I think you already have)

Could be that you are missing SCSI disk support (check on that). If you have a 2.x kernel you might want to try compiling the first two as modules, then inserting them with insmod in the order above. When I do that for my dad's Zip Drive which I borrow occasionly, it gives some sort of detection message (i don't remember what).

Also, take a look at the ZIP-Drive mini-howto at ftp://sunsite.unc/edu/LDP/HOWTO/mini/ZIP-Drive if this doesn't help.
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by:olivier_delcourt
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If you have an Insider SCSI Zip Drive(internal drive, and adaptec 1502 SCSI), I know the answer, because I've one.  Just reject the one from bungholio. I'm expert too and I will answer your question immediately.
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by:jonbarmore
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I am rejecting the answer because this process doen not work for me.  If any of this info helps, so be it.  I do not use LILO, I use a boot disk.  I have the internal SCSI ZIP drive.  I was told tthat olivier_delcourt could help me.
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You have to add a boot parameter like this:
aha152x=<PORTBASE>[,<IRQ>[,<SCSI-ID>[,<RECONNECT>[,<PARITY>]]]]

an example, showing the typical values for aha152x card is:

aha152x=0x340,11,7,1

without this parameter Linux will not recognize your SCSI card and by extension your ZIP drive.

If you are using a diskette to boot, then when you are in the boot prompt type whatever you are typing now and include the option previously described in the same line.

Check:

http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/SCSI-HOWTO.html

for more information.
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by:olivier_delcourt
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This is the right answer.  If you have not modified any jumpers on the card since you buy it, here's the line to add to lilo.conf, a file you can find in /etc/.  
append="aha152x=0x140,11,7,1"  Don't forget to type /sbin/lilo to ensure that lilo.conf has been updated.  

Zip disks are partitioned on /dev/sda4


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