Re: [PARPORT] Can Backup PD/CD Drive use bpcd driver?

Tom Good (
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 10:35:43 -0500 (EST)

Grant & Kevin -
I run slackware 3.1 (2.0.27) on a gateway handbook486 with
4M RAM and a 120M hdd. I run the base system, char apps,
c compiler and networking stuff (uucp, ppp and sendmaiil).

And I have more than 50% hdd space *available*.

Debian, like RedHat, is a bad idea if you want to conserve space.
Slackware's hdsetup suite allows more control over what gets

And yes, I installed off of my backpack (a sony cdu-77).

For more info, message me.


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On Mon, 2 Feb 1998, Grant R. Guenther wrote:

> > I own a MicroSolution BackPack PD/CD Drive
> >
> > My notebook is an old 486 system with no CDROM Drive, neither it has any
> > SCSI or PCMCIA slots.
> >
> > I need to install Linux onto its limited 200MB harddisk.
> It is not going to be easy to install a Linux system on such a small disk.
> But, it is worth trying.
> > How can I get the BACKPACK CDROM to be recognised?
> The CD-ROM portion is recognised by the (old) bpcd driver, and by the
> pcd driver in the PARIDE suite. The PD portion requires the pf driver
> from the PARIDE suite.
> > Do i need to install a minimal system onto the notebook using diskettes.
> > And compiled a newer kernel that support PARA-IDE modules.
> Because of the small size of your disk, you might have to do this. I believe
> Slackware and Debian will install very small systems. Be careful to get
> a distribution that has up-to-date compiler tools, or you will have
> difficulty building the 2.1 kernels.. My guess is that Debian is your best
> bet.
> > Or there is a new Linux release which had the modules in installation disks
> > which will save me lots of troubles.
> PARIDE has only been available for a few weeks, it will take six months before
> the distributions catch up. RedHat, however, has supported bpcd for more
> than a year, and should be able to boot on your machine and detect the CD-ROM.
> (If you have RHS 5.0 and it doesn't see the CD-ROM properly, I have an
> upgraded boot floppy.) However, I think it will be quite difficult to install
> a small RedHat system - you will have to do a custom install and eliminate
> a lot of RPMs. SuSE, from Germany, also has a distribution that recognises
> some of the parallel port devices.
> Which ever installation you try to use, you will need to have a good
> understanding of what you actually need - so it is a good idea to learn
> about Linux on another machine before trying to build your miniature version.
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