cdrom not found by Linux

Terry D. Cudney tcudney at
Sat May 27 09:51:22 EDT 2000

Hi Matthew,
    Your problem with the Syquest SparQ drive is unrelated to Jaocob's cdrom
problem. The Syqyest drives are connected via the parallel port, not an IDE
connector. You need to recompile your kernel with "paride" included in the
kernel or as a module. For the SparQ drive you'll also need support for the
"epat" and "pd" protocols. See the documentation at:

You'll find step-by-step instructions there.

Hope this helps,


Matthew Janusauskas wrote:

> Hi Jacob,
> I have what perhaps is a related   problem.  I'm trying to run zipspak on my
> Toshiba laptop and want to use a Sparq Syquest drive connected through my
> parallel port.  Linux duesn't seem to see this drive as an available
> partition at startup.  It only lists hda1.
> I'm having trouble finding anyone who knows much about this drive especially
> using it with linux.  Any ideas?
> Thanks.
> -Matt
> -----Original Message-----
> From: speakup-admin at
> [mailto:speakup-admin at]On Behalf Of Jacob Schmude
> Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2000 18:04
> To: speakup at
> Subject: Re: cdrom not found by Linux
>         Hi
>         You may want to try it when the cdrom is not visible to
> dos. Sometimes the dos drivers can, since zipspeak is an OS running on top
> of another, not let zipspeak find it. In short, don't load the dos cdrom
> driver and see if that helps. I had to do this on my cd rom drive, and
> sound card, when I used to run linux on top of dos this way.
>         Another thing to be concerned about is does linux support the scsi
> controller you're using? Even if it does, does zipspeak support it? What
> kind of scsi controller do you have and I'll see what module may need to
> be loaded. Most likely, you won't need to compile a new kernel. I can't
> list the scsi controllers linux supports, there is too many of them.
> On Sat, 27 May 2000, Dave Hunt wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I have installed Zipspeak and use the 'ltlk' kernel image.  I cannot get
> > this system to find my scsi cdrom, even when using the Slackware setup
> > script's "configure my cdrom" option.
> >
> > To start the system, I shut down Windows 98 into 'msdos mode'.  The cdrom
> > drive is visible to DOS.  Do I need to, perhaps, compile another kernel
> > image with cdrom support?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -Dave
> >
> >
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