Re: [PARPORT] Zip drives

Grant R. Guenther (
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 13:31:29 -0500 (EST)

> Before I buy another one, what's the status of support of the Zip Plus
> under Linux? If I buy one am I likely to see it supported anytime soon.

Dave Campbell will have to answer that ...

> Now that 100MB does not seem so much are their any parallel port CD-RW
> drives working under Linux yet? That is can I use the RW bit?

I'm working on a driver that should allow the cd writing tools to
use the CD-R part of these drives. I don't believe anyone has done
anything with "packet writing" for Linux yet. That's what you need to
put an R/W filesystem on a CD-RW disk. I suspect that that's a much
larger project ...
> Finally is their any parallel port removable storage device, which has
> a Linux driver that uses ECP mode, as my Toshiba laptop has ECP, but no
> EPP, and being stuck in PS2 mode is a drag.

I have documentation that should allow me to add ECP support to the
'epat' protocol module - that's what the HP 7100e uses, for instance.
But, that's probably a little way off yet. (With ECP, I can't fall back
on i/o tracing when the documentation is ambiguous.)

I suspect that the SparQ users here might recommend that product for your
needs - it too uses the EPAT adapter, but you get 1 GB with inexpensive
media - definitely competitive with CD-RW at this stage.

Grant R. Guenther

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