>From: "Stuart Powell" <SPowell@pcsolutionsmn.com>
>I have spent a great deal of time recently trying to install SuSE onto
>a colleague's aging laptop. The main sticking point has been that the
>only CD-ROM drive for the laptop is a Backpack CD-ROM with a PCMCIA
>parallel port adapter. We can't use the built-in port as the floppy
>drive uses that and we need that hooked up to boot from.
>After many trials and tribulations, I finally did an NFS install of the
>OS, but the Backpack CD resolutely fails to work. I am able to insmod
>paride and bpck, but pcd fails to load. I suspect it is only looking
>for the CD drive on the built-in port, and not on the PCMCIA one.
>I tried loading the modules with the IO address of the PCMCIA card
>(gleaned from W2K on the same machine), but this seems to make little
>Can anyone help me get this drive working ? We currently have SuSE 8.1
I have no idea why you cannot use the drive at all.
I have 2 such drives, one CD burner from FreeCom and one from Sony.
The only problem with Linux is that you usually get a linux kernel panic
if you try to set up ide-scsi for this drive....
cdrecord dev=ATAPI -scanbus works (using a different SCSI transport call)
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