[PARPORT] Castlewood ORB drive problems/questions

Robert Esser (esser@computer.org)
Fri, 03 Sep 1999 11:13:10 +0930


I have just purchased an ORB drive and have experience difficulties in
getting it to work with RH6 linux on my portable.

The following was reported:

paride: version 1.04 installed
paride: on26 registered as protocol 0
pd: pd version 1.05, major 45, cluster 64, nice 0
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP]
parport0: no IEEE-1284 device present.
pda: on26: port 0x3bc, mode 0, test=(255,255)
pda: on26: port 0x3bc, mode 1, test=(255,255)
pda: 0x378 is parport0
pda: on26: port 0x378, mode 0, test=(0,0)
pda: on26: port 0x378, mode 1, test=(255,255)
pda: on26: port 0x378, mode 2, test=(0,0)
pda: on26: port 0x378, mode 3, test=(0,0)
pda: on26: port 0x378, mode 4, test=(0,0)
pda: Sharing parport0 at 0x378
pda: on26 1.04, OnSpec 90c26 at 0x378, mode 4 (EPP-32), delay 1
pda: , master, 0 blocks [0M], (49344/0/4112), removable media
 pda:end_request: I/O error, dev 2d:00 (PD), sector 0
 unable to read partition table

It seems that PARPORT, PARIDE, on26 and pd loaded successfully, that the

ORB disk was found and communication with the controller is reliable.

There was a FAT16 formatted disk in the drive.


1) Why doesn't it see the disk?
2) I have no other parallel port devices (I checked /proc/ioports) but
when I load PARIDE it complains about unresolved references. Loading
PARPORT first as I did above seems to work. Are there any disadvantages
of having PARPORT loaded?
3) Is it possible to have Linux running only from the ORB drive? Can I
install Linux on the ORB and how do I boot to it?


Rob Esser

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