[PARPORT] Can't get parallel port access with VMwareWorkstation 3.0, ppdev won't install

From: Mazzella.Aldo@epamail.epa.gov
Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 20:28:32 EST

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    Linux newbie here. I 'm trying to get the parallel port accessible for
    VMwareWorkstation 3.0 under a host SuSe Linux 7.2 Professional OS,
    Kernel 2.4.4. The standard Kernel was installed under YAST2 and not
    Various items I've checked or tested:


    lsmod shows parport and parport_pc are loaded, however ppdev is
    not present.

    the lp module was removed

    Modules.conf has the line alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc

    VMware manual indicates that the ppdev module is required for parallel
    port access
    Various attempts to load ppdev have failed.
    modprobe ppdev produces the error: init_module Input/Output error
    modprobe ppdev io=0x378 irq=7
    insmod ppdev io=0x378 irq=7
    insmod ppdev io=XXXX irq=YYYY plus a number of combinations of
    address and irqs
    all fail with the comment: invalid parameter parm_io

    They were "using /lib/modules/2.4.4-4GB/kernel/drivers/char/ppdev.o"

    The message log indicates:
    linux kernel: parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778)
    linux kernel: parport0: irq 7 detected
    linux kernal: ppdev: user-space parallel port driver

    It is a Dell PIII computer with parallel port bios set to: 0378h
    I have a HP Laserjet 6P connected to the port which works fine in both
    text and graphics modes under the linux host.

    The virtual guest OS under VMware works fine, except for the lack of
    parallel port access. When the configuration editor is set for the
    parallel port to start connected with /dev/parport0, a message appears
    that it was " exited abnormally without removing a lock file
    /.../.../.../win2000Pro.vmdk.WRITELOCK it will be removed
    automatically" Upon clicking on the OK button the VMware screen
    completely disappears. VMware works fine when started with the parallel
    port not started connected.

    How do I get the ppdev linux module installed?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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