Re: [PARPORT] SparQ Under Monkey Linux (fwd)

Ximenes Rocha Resende (
Thu, 7 May 1998 12:47:15 +0000 (UTC)

On Mon, 4 May 1998, Grant R. Guenther wrote:

> > I have a similar problem with linux-2.1.97, Redhat5.0 distribution. But in my
> > case paride,epat and pd are built into the kernel. I can also mount, read and
> > write but eventually the system will freeze when I access my Sparq a couple of
> > times. Is the version of the drive shipped with 2.1.97 known to run without
> > bugs, as far as you guys can tell ?
> I'm not aware of exactly this problem, but it does sound similar to the known
> problems with the PARIDE drivers on SMP systems. I have finally solved that
> one (I believe) and will be submitting the patches shortly.
> > If any of you guys know what I should do to correct my problem I would appreci
> > ate your help.
> > paride: epat registered as protocol 0
> > pd: pd version 1.01, major 45, cluster 64, nice 0
> > pda: epat 1.0, Shuttle EPAT chip c6 at 0x378, mode 2 (8-bit), delay 1
> ^^^^^^
> Is this an old computer with no EPP ? If so, are you sure it locks up, or
> is it just being slow ? Are you low on memory on this machine ?
> > pda: SyQuest SparQ, 1960560 blocks [957M], (1945/16/63), removable media
> > Partition check:
> > pda: unknown partition table
> What's that about ? Was there a disk in the drive ?
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Grant R. Guenther
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------

1. My computador does have Enhanced Parallel Port support (at least that's
   what the motherboard manual says...). Is there a more efficient way to
   access my Sparq than this "mode 2" ? What are the boot-time options
   I should pass to LILO ? Why is not the driver seeing my EPP ?!!

2. I thought that "mkfs" would altomatically set a MBR in the disk with
   partitioning informations. Well, I guess I was wrong. Anyway, I've
   done manually with fdisk. Now my boot message is comprehensible:
   Partition check:
     pda: pda1
     hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4

   By the way, when I run "fdisk /dev/pda" I have the following warning
   "The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 1945.
    This is larger than 1024, and may cause problems with:
    1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., LILO)
    2) booting and partitioning software form other OSs
    (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)"
   Since I don't know anything about disks geometry I have no ideia if this
   is supposed to be here or not...

3. I just realized that I had "lpd" running in background and no printer
   connected to the rear of my Sparq (despite the fact that I compiled 2.1.98
   without printer support). Do you think that this was causing my troubles ?
   I erased lpd service start-up in my "rc" files, see what happens...

4. As regarding the possibility that my system was not locking but being very
   slow: Maybe you are right. I couldn't test this hypothesis yet (my patience
   is very short, about 10 mins...). Maybe this delay could be connected to
   the fact that I had "lpd" running and my printer disconnected ? Don't know,
   just guessing... Next time the system locks (if) I will go to a video store
   and rent "Solaris"...

5. ... And I don't think I'm runnning out of memory. I have 64Mb and just a few
   processes running.

   Once again thanks for your help,

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