Re: [PARPORT] pcd trouble w/ Backpack and Toshiba

From: AL Crowley (
Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 09:48:56 EST

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    What type of media do you have in the Backpack? If you downloaded Debian
    and burnt it to CDRW media, that older drive will not read CDRW's. I would
    also verify that you can read from that Debian CD in the Backpack under

    At 05:34 AM 12/14/2003, you wrote:

    >I'm struggling with a particularly obstinate system:
    >1) Toshiba T2150 Satellite notebook (port at 0x378 is
    >running in standard bi-directional mode since the only
    >other choice is ECP).
    >2) Backpack CD-ROM, model 164700 (quad speed), which works
    >under Windoze 95 (the only other OS that'll run on this
    >little beast due to CPU and memory - 28 MB - limitations).
    >3) Debian 3.0r1, install CD ready to go (if I could read
    >it) since network is not yet available to the machine.
    >Attempting a fresh install from floppies, all goes well
    >until I try to recognize the CD-ROM drive. I load modules
    >until I have the following according to lsmod:
    >and then pcd will not load on matter what I've tried.
    >I've gone through all of the parameter possibilities I
    >can think of, centered about the ones that seem most
    > insmod pcd drive0=0x378,0,33
    >(33 = last two digits of the drive's serial number)
    >Every time, module installation fails and dmesg shows
    >"adapter not found", "autoprobe failed", or "no CD-ROM
    >drive found". Everything from no parameters, to specifying
    >all 6 manually, to different unit numbers, to specifying
    >no unit number, etc. all lead nowhere.
    >Any assistance or suggestions would be gratefully
    >appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Thank You,

    Al Crowley, Technical Support Assistant Manager
    Micro Solutions

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