[PARPORT] Re: HP7200e CD-RW via parallel port on Toshiba 660CDT

Mon, 7 Dec 1998 08:46:18 -0500 (EST)

Good Morning, Michel

> I'm somewhat desperate! This weekend I tried again nearly all kinds of
> parallel port settings to write a CD but in vain. I always get the same
> I/O error. The strange thing is that now with a lot of power cycling between
> changes of setting I can load the pg driver only for bidirectional mode
> (I have not tried unidirectional). Neither EPP nor ECP mode accept the pg
> driver even with the default setting (delay = 1). I also get now error messages
> from cdrecord saying the the device is hung and should be power cycled or it
> cannot set speed/dummy. Power cycling does not help at all. These errors are
> not reproducable (sometimes they happen, sometimes not).
> How shall I proceed? I need to do urgently copies of satellite data to CD.
> The drive works ok on Windows95 (why all the hardware is always prepared for
> this stupid OS). Is there a way to see my LinUX partitions on Windows95?
> Or better, do you have any idea how I can solve the problem on LinUX?
> Am I really the first person trying to connect an HP7200e to a Toshiba notebook
> via the parallel port?

I wish I had some good news for you. At this stage, we need someone
to harass Toshiba to release some technical documentation for their
parallel port. Perhaps with all the recent good press that Linux has
been getting, someone there might actually be willing to help.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to a Toshiba laptop - so I can't
try any experiments here. I'd be willing to work with you to see if there
are any secrets that we can extract for ourselves, but that process could
take months, and would certainly not address you immediate need.

I do have one or two other secret weapons, I'll try to consult them in
the next couple of days.

Grant R. Guenther grant@torque.net

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