Yes, ncurses is a necessary program. In fact, I did download it, install
it, but when I try 'make menuconfig' it tells me I need to install
ncurses. I am using Slackware 4.0. Maybe I should try to install ncurses
from a later version but I fear that it would not be compatible.
According to Slackware's site, paride and the backpack series 6 is
included in the boot disk (from Slackware's site):
pportide.i This is an extended version of bare.i with support for
a wide variety of parallel-port IDE devices. Supports
parallel-port products from MicroSolutions,
Hewlett-Packard, SyQuest, Imation, Avatar, and other
I have not picked up a set of disks for Slackware 9.1, but I did
download this particular boot disk, and used 'rawwrite', but when I ran
it, it didn't seem to recognize my backpack. I was just fooling around
trying different things.
Tedious is okay with me, I am a very patient man, but I just don't know
what most of the things are (again, even after I read the help menu I
still don't understand.) Maybe I need to find a site that explains the
help menus :-). Kinda like 'man man' for dummies!
John Miskinis wrote:
> Hi Shawn,
> I believe make menuconfig needs a few things (ncurses ?) to run.
> Yes, there are a lot of options, which is why I used the word tedious,
> in a previous reply.
> Which version of Slackware? I may experiment with Slackware at
> some point. I did a while back, but their "paride" bootdisk did not
> support install from a backpack series 6 drive, and the laptop I
> was using did not have a builtin CDROM drive.
> I hope it is the latest version, although I do not have enough blank
> media, and the time to download the ISOs at this moment.
>> From: Shawn Koons <email@example.com>
>> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> To: "marcelo.c.pinto" <email@example.com>,
>> "linux-parport" <"linux-parport"@torque.net>
>> Subject: Re: [PARPORT] Backpack cd-rewriter
>> Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 20:34:44 -0700
>> I have decided to upgrade the kernel but am limited to 'make
>> config.' I do not have X installed and for some reason, I cannot
>> run 'make menuconfig.' I have started this process a couple of times
>> but end up quitting because I run into SO many options that I have no
>> idea about. Even with the help option that is available, I am still
>> lost. I cannot find a HOWTO that explains the process adequately for
>> a beginner like myself.
>> If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
>> BTW, there are a few people who have graciously responded and have
>> mentioned the Mandrake system but I am running Slackware, as far as I
>> know they are totally different and I cannot use Mandrake based
>> program help.
>> Thank you, one and all,
>> marcelo.c.pinto wrote:
>>> Hi Shawn,
>>> Although I'm using Slackware 9.0, I think it's worth to mention my
>>> lessons learned. I am successfully using a BackPack CD-RW with my
>>> My /etc/rc.d/modules.conf file contains:
>>> /sbin/modprobe parport
>>> /sbin/modprobe parport_pc
>>> /sbin/modprobe paride
>>> /sbin/modprobe bpck6
>>> /sbin/modprobe pcd
>>> /sbin/modprobe pg
>>> Of course you can try doing these steps manually as well (as root,
>>> or su'ed).
>>> You need bpck6, which seems to be available from newer Kernel
>>> versions than yours.
>>> If you choose to go ahead and compile a new kernel verion, please
>>> let me know and I will be able to provide you some hints about the
>>> kernel configuration related to parport, paride and bpck.
>>>> I am attempting to get my machine to recognize my
>>> Backpack cd-rewriter.
>>>> I will attempt to give as much info as I can. Please
>>> accept apologies in
>>>> advance if I give too much, or the wrong, information.
>>>> *I use Tiny Linux, based on Slackware 4.0.
>>>> *I have a Compaq LTE 5300 laptop P133 w/48 meg ram.
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>> And religion may, in a real sense, be understood as a popular
>> misunderstanding of mythology.
>> Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That
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