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Mount an External Zip Drive

RedHat 6.0 and 6.1 The zipdrive (zip100 drive) installation did not work during my upgrade to RedHat 6.0 (the installation program said that it couldn't find the zipdrive). So, after the installation was completed, I issued the following commands to insert the modules for parallel port zip drive into the kernel (as root):

/sbin/insmod parport

/sbin/insmod ppa

To have these two lines executed automatically after each bootup, I added them at the end of the file /etc/rc.d/rc.local (this file is something like autoexec.bat on DOS).

If this still does not work for you, you may also want to edit the file /etc/conf.modules. Mine contains such a line:

alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc

and there is no line mentioning the "ppa" module.

For the newer Zip250 drive, I have the following two lines executed from my /etc/rc.d/rc.local file:

/sbin/insmod parport

/sbin/insmod imm

Last Update: 2010-12-16