Sorry, it took me awhile to respond to your message. I tried using the
IMM module and here's what dmesg says:
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP]
parport0: no IEEE-1284 device present.
imm: Version 2.03 (for Linux 2.0.0)
scsi : 0 hosts.
Also, I've been trying to find and use hardware analysis tools to see if
the parallel port has a problem (again, it does connect to a printer and
print correctly). Maybe it's an IRQ problem? Who knows. I tried using
Dr. Hardware, a DOS program that tests all kinds of hardware. Its printer
test worked correctly. I attached a loop-back device (wired as they
specified in the help documentation), but Dr. Hardware would not run the
loopback test. This is shareware, so it may not allow me to run the test
until I pay for it or it may not work. When I run the loopback test, it
looks like nothing happens. It returns no errors or warnings of any
Any suggestions for checking the parallel port hardware would be greatly
Robin Barre Web Developer/Linux Chik
On Sat, 14 Jul 2001, James Mckenzie wrote:
> Try using the IMM module and post what the results of dmesg.
> James Mckenzie
> robeano wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> > I still have not been able to get my parallel port zip100 drive to start
> > working. I haven't found anything in the many archives I've searched that
> > match my scenario. There is no clicking sound coming from the drive. Is
> > there a lock file that might stop it? Where else
> > can I look on my machine for possible answers or clues? Do I need to
> > recompile the kernel? Please help if you can.
> > Thanks,
> > -Robin
> > P.S. - I've included my original post below.
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 20:15:53 -0700 (PDT)
> > From: robeano <email@example.com>
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: [PARPORT] Zip Drive Stopped Working
> > My zip drive has stopped working...it had worked correctly since I
> > installed it 10 months ago.
> > I haven't made any kernel changes since I first installed it 10 months
> > ago. I haven't installed any software within a month of this zip drive problem.
> > The last time I successfully used the zip drive, I may have removed the
> > disk before I unmounted the drive. I don't know if
> > this could cause my current problem.
> > I have tried many minor changes. I've tried unloading all of the parport
> > modules, then using insmod (I've tried modprobe too) to load them.
> > Nothing seems to work. I tried adding
> > append = "parport=0x378,7"
> > to lilo.conf, but it did not help.
> > lp does load and I can print without a problem (I'm not trying to load lp
> > before ppa). The zip drive
> > is working and the disk in it is good (I checked it with another
> > computer).
> > I have tried many solutions I found after searching through discussion
> > list archives (including this list's archive), but they don't seem to make
> > a difference.
> > My computer is a CTX 700E Series notebook: 2GB hardrive, 64 MB RAM
> > I'm running Caldera's eDesktop version 2.4.
> > Linux 2.2.14
> > parallel port settings in BIOS: SPP io=0x378 irq=7
> > In modules.conf:
> > alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc
> > options ppa ppa_speed_high=1 ppa_speed_low=6 ppa_nybble=0
> > In /etc/modules/default:
> > parport_lowlevel
> > parport_probe
> > scsi_mod
> > ppa
> > lp
> > When my computer boots, ppa fails. dmesg states:
> > parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP]
> > parport_probe: failed
> > parport0: no IEEE-1284 device present.
> > lp0: using parport0 (polling).
> > After boot, lsmod shows:
> > Module Size Used by
> > nfs 28824 1 (autoclean)
> > lockd 31880 0 (autoclean) [nfs]
> > sunrpc 54916 1 (autoclean) [nfs lockd]
> > ds 6472 2
> > i82365 29508 2
> > pcmcia_core 43872 0 [ds i82365]
> > lp 5756 0 (unused)
> > parport_probe 3172 0
> > parport_pc 7060 1
> > parport 7748 1 [lp parport_probe parport_pc]
> > So, I
> > rmmod lp
> > insmod scsi_mod
> > Not a problem, then:
> > insmod ppa
> > I get:
> > /lib/modules/2.2.14/scsi/ppa.o: init_module: Device or resource busy
> > Please help!
> > Thanks,
> > -Robin
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