Recognizing Drives

Neil hok.krat at
Thu Apr 3 08:10:21 UTC 2008

On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 6:19 PM, Joseph <ubuntu at> wrote:
> Robert Perry wrote:
>  > I have an old machine running Ubuntu 6.06 with an internal SCSI ZIP
>  > drive and it works perfectly.  I also am running Ubuntu 7.04 on my main
>  > new machine with an external SCSI ZIP drive and it also works perfectly.
>  > What kind of interface did you use on the Windows machine?  Could your
>  > drive be a parallel interface?  I have not tried one of those on a Linux
>  > computer.
>  > Bob
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  > Joseph wrote:
>  >>
>  >>
>  >> I have an Iomega Zip Plus drive whiich worked well on a windows XP
>  >> system.  My Ubuntu doesn't seem to want to "see" or recognize it.
>  >>
>  >> Is it possible for me to get Ubuntu to recognize my Zip Drive???
>  >>
>  >>
>  >> Joseph Snurr
>  >>
>  >>
>  Interface?  I just hooked it up, booted the computer, XP found the new hardware and installed the
>  drivers....   then it was recognized and usable.  That's the only thing I have with Ubuntu....   all
>  the codes...   After about 15 years of being online, I'm still trying to get used to HTML....   <grin>
>  Joseph

Most things can be fixed using a GUI (Graphical User Interface,
clickable). However, some less used things (like the ZIP dive) do not
have a good GUI tool. This has to be fixed using command line.
There are some great tutorials out there, that can really help when
fixing these things. Sadly there are also a lot of tutorials that
assume you already know about command line Linuxing, and cannot help
you when you don't. In that case, there is this mailing list.

I do like the command line interface, for the speed it gives. Unrar a
large load of .rar files? Simply write the appropriate line and let
the PC do it's work.
The beauty of Linux is that it offers both. When you start you will
need to use the GUI's because you can't be expected to be able to use
command line.
Once you have everything running you might find some things are easier
and faster in command line (not all users feel that way, mind you) and
start using it. Then you might learn Regular Expressions and really
learn to love and hate text based input.
And last but not least: The next step would be to start scripting. You
can enter a command line command into a txt file and make it
executable in such a way you can simply start the file and execute the
commands you like. This can be automated (cron jobs, executed at boor,
executed at shutdown) and your PC will do maintenance tasks at the
moment you'd like it to.
That would be the first and easy step towards real programming.


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1. People who start their arrays with 0.

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