RE: [PARPORT] Error using HP 5GB drive

John Lange (
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 14:17:38 -0500

I'm surprised that it did go to the list. I know I sent it there, but I
figured it would reject since I'm not subscribed with this email address.


Before I go any further.. Can you define "made 3 paperweights out of..." ? I
hope your not saying that just by hooking it up and loading a few modules
that I've potentially destroyed my drive?

BTW, it's a brand new drive with a fresh tape. Both right out of the

Regarding the mother board; it may be a problem. This is my development
machine that I use for experimenting. The actual machine it will be
installed on is much newer and should not have any mother board or BIOS
problems. I didn't want to try this on that machine because it is a
production server and things that require recompiling the kernel or never
much fun :)

Thanks again for your help.

John Lange

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Scott Berg []
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 1999 2:02 PM
To: John Lange
Cc: 'John Lange'; 'linux-parport'
Subject: RE: [PARPORT] Error using HP 5GB drive

On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, John Lange wrote:

> I can't reply to the list right now because I'm at work, so I'll send it
> directly to you (repost it to the list if you like).

Actually, you did send to the list.

> I tried rebooting the machine, but now when I try and load the modules I
> this in dmesg:
> #Insmod paride
> dmesg = paride: version 1.04 installed
> #insmod epat
> dmesg = paride: epat registered as protocol 0
> # insmod pt
> /lib/modules/2.2.9/misc/pt.o: init_module: Device or resource busy
> dmesg =
> pt: pt version 1.04, major 96
> pt0: Autoprobe failed
> pt: No ATAPI tape drive detected
> The drive is still hooked up, so it must be confused now. I can't power
> cycle the drive right now because the whole machine is remote. I'll have
> wait until tonight to try it again.

Well, that's certainly a bit weird. I'm waiting for someone who knows
what they're talking about to chime in here... If no one has a better
idea, try powering everything down and restarting, and see what
happens. Just for kicks, don't have a tape in when you reboot and
load the module (it really shouldn't matter, but who knows).

Also, try to make your earlier errors appear with a new tape.

You may just need to replace the drive. Check if it works under
Windows, if possible. I've made 3 paperweights out of Seagate IDE TR4
drives, and maybe HP's drives aren't any better (FWIW, I haven't had
any problems yet with my HP TR4 parallel port drive).

Oh yeah--when you load pt, use the verbose=1 option and report that

insmod pt verbose=1

> Could the original problem of reading from the drive be caused by
> parallel port settings in the BIOS? What is the correct setting, and what
> you do if you don't have that one available. This is an older Pentium 100.

Maybe, EPP (NOT EPP/ECP), replace the motherboard B~( The latter is
not such a bad idea anyhow, you can probably do it for less than $200
for a MB and CPU.

J. Scott Berg            
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