This is the context for the question which follows.
To gain some familiarity with Linux, an old Fujitsu laptop
was wiped clean of W2K; and SuSE 7.2/2.4.4 was installed. SuSE
filled the laptop's 2gb HD, so a Micro-Solutions (M-S)30gb external
drive (BPHD) was attached via the parallel port. (In the W2K
scenario, a printer is daisied to the BPHP and the system is
nicely integrated by a software module supplied by M-S.)
SuSE installed itself and allocated three partitions on the HD.
SuSE, in answer to a query as to what procedure to follow so
that the BPHD could be accessed by Linux, said that the question
was outside the scope of installation support; they recommended
reading Linux for Dummies. (I had already read three books with
that title--by different authors--and felt already sufficiently
dumbed down; none of these books described a procedure for adding
a hard drive via the parallel port, although one gave a procedure
for a CD-ROM--a description that was not helpful.)
M-S, when questioned, advised keying in the commands
insmod bpck6 [M-S's driver for the BPHD]
Power up the drive, and (as root) key in
and, from its output, see where the BPHD was added to the
system, and then use the location to mount the BPHD. (An
example was given for a CD-ROM.)
When this procedure was followed, the command modprobe pd gave
no info, it merely returned a prompt on the next line. (When this
was described to M-S, the reply was that I was in X or some other
GUI. (But I had logged in as root.) M-S suggested addressing my
question to the Parport Mailing List.
So the question is: How does one make the BPHD accessible to Linux?
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