module autoloading in slackware 8.1, was: Re: speakup.i SCSI problems

Gregory Nowak greg at
Mon Dec 30 20:42:36 EST 2002

Well, I'm using the speakup.i kernel. It may well be that the zipslack kernel does in fact have parallel port support built-in, but without speakup in it, that option is useless.


On Mon, Dec 30, 2002 at 05:20:11PM -0600, Adam Myrow wrote:
> I've never figured out exactly how it works, but you may need to use
> something called initrd.  This stands for initial ram disk.  The idea is
> that you create a RAM disk that contains the modules you need, load it and
> the modules, then transfer to the root filesystem with the modules loaded.
> Redhat does this all the time. You'd need a Linux system to do the RAM
> disk creation, I think unless there are pre-configured ones.  If you have
> an existing Slackware system, what you could do to make a custom kernel is
> to unpack the kernel source in your home directory and build like normal.
> Copy the resulting bzImage to vmlinuz on the Zip disk and go from there.
> I don't own a parallel port Zip drive myself, but I think either the
> initrd or custom kernel are your only options.  I'm actually surprised
> that Zipslack doesn't offer a kernel with both Speakup and parallel zip
> support.
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