Re: [PARPORT] MD2 (DataFab Sys. Inc.)
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 07:17:53 -0500 (EST)

> I hope I am in the right place to ask this question.

Indeed you are.

> I have an enhanced parallel port kit for 2.5" hard disk
> (model:MD2, DataFab Sys. Inc.).

I have such a DataFab kit. If you look on the bottom of the
PCBA you'll see a single large chip labelled "Shuttle EPAT plus".

> I would like to use the disk via parallel port under Linux.
> How do I do that ? Does anybody know how I can do it?

If you are running 2.0.36 or a recent 2.1 kernel. You have all the
support you need. Check
for details, or read the file Documentation/paride.txt in the kernel
source tree.

If you happen to be running RedHat 5.2, all you need to do is

        insmod paride
        insmod epat
        insmod pd

and your external disk should show up on /dev/pda* (which behave in
essentially the same way as /dev/hda* ).

Be sure to read the troubleshooting section of the documents mentioned
above. For best performance, be sure your parallel port is in EPP mode,
not ECP mode.

Grant R. Guenther

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