Re: [PARPORT] [ANNOUNCE] Iomega Ditto floppy tape drives progress

Alan Cox (
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:35:14 +0100 (BST)

> a) Micro Solutions, Inc., is the company that produces the parallel
> port interface to the external floppy tape drives (not only for
> Iomega, but for Exabyte and Seagate as well). I'm in contact with
> an engineer at MS, and probably they would give us a binary version
> of their API library to support their interface. I have a sample
> driver ready that uses their library and have sent it to MS for
> evaluation. Of course, this way the support is limited to ix86
> systems.

And wont be shippable in the standard kernels (as its a non GPL driver).

> b) Decode the parport protocol by reverse engineering (Interestingly,
> the engineer at MS knew that Dosemu has problems with the system
> timers; and he said that I/O trace logs could be produced by EMM86
> as well, is this true???)

Yes. There are some EMM386 hacks for this. Windows guys use them a lot


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