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How can I use the ZIP drive in Caldera Linux Base ?

I am using the internal ZIP drive with SCSI interface !

Andrew
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by:xilef
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Can you give us the output of the following command, please:
cat /proc/scsi/scsi

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periclis earned 30 total points
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Hello,

you need to be able to access, write to, format, and write-protect zip disks.
You can do this by using "mount", "mkfs" and "ziptool". To do all this you *must* be root. Login as root or do "su root".

***To access data on a zip disk***
1. Make a directory under which to mount the filesystem on the zip disk, say /zip100
2. Mount the filesystem on the zip disk using the "mount" command, general form:
mount -t <filesystem_type> <device> <mount_point>
<filesystem_type>:      msdos      for MS-DOS filesystem
                  vfat      for Windows 95 filesystem
                  ext2      for Linux filesystem
<device>      */dev/sdb4 if the zipdrive is the second                         scsi disk device in your system
            */dev/sdc4 if it's the third etc.
            Check what the system says while booting up; if                   it all flashes past too quickly press "shift-page                   up"         
<mount_point>:            The directory you created.
You should now be able to access the filesystem on the zip disk in the directory you mounted it under. You cannot eject the disk while the filesystem is mounetd. *When you're done* unmount the filesystem:
umount <mount_point>
you will now be able to eject.

***If you want to format a zip disk***
You will use mkfs.<filesystem_type> <device>, for example:
mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdb4 will make a Linux filesystem
mkfs.msdos /dev/sdb4 will make an MSDOS filesystem on your zip disk. This will format the disk.
If you format the zip disk under Windows 95 you can use it both both in Win95 and in Linux by mounting it using type "vfat".

***To write-protect or un-protect a zip disk***
The filesystem must be unmounted.
ziptool <raw_scsi_device> <option>
<raw_scsi_device> is /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc as above, *note* no "4"
<option> is:      ro      to set read-only (write protect)
            rw      to set read-write (unprotect)
            eject      (you guessed) to eject
ziptool will always eject the disk to meke sure the read-write permissions are applied when it is again inserted.

Try this, good luck!
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by:andrewyu
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How can I load the SCSI driver ?
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by:periclis
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Hi,

There must be a scsi host adapter card in your machine. Is there one? What make and model is it?

If support for your host adapter is compiled into your kernel, you don't need to load any other drivers to access the zip drive.

If you're already successfully using a scsi hard disk, that means you do have a host adapter and kernel support for your host adapter and you don't need to load anything else. Is this the case?

If your hard disk is IDE and you've installed a scsi adapter just for the zip drive, then your kernel may well not have support for the host adapter. You will need to change your kernel for one with support for your host adapter. How you'll do this depends on your distribution of Linux. Which distribution have you installed?



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by:andrewyu
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Of course, I am a adapter in my machine, but, I forgot the model ! Anyway, this SCSI host was come with the ZIP drive package !

Anyway, thank you very much as I already have some idea from your previous answer !

Andrew
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