How to get ZIP drive work in MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 ?

August 17, 2016 at 09:28:12
Specs: MS-DOS 6.22
Hi!

I have parallel ZIP drive by Iomega - want to use transfer files from my PC to my 486.
In my PC I have SCSI ZIP drive - same model, only other interface, working. But on my 486 always when I try at least run Guest it finds letter for ZIP but always is not accessible - insert disk into or not valid...

How to configure ZIP drive?

Thank you for each help.
Miro


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#1
August 17, 2016 at 15:37:24
Certain the drive is functioning (i.e....didn't suffer from the click-of-death problem)? :

http://www.cnet.com/news/click-of-d...

https://www.grc.com/tip/codfaq8.htm

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#2
August 19, 2016 at 01:30:49
The dos setup file that I have from iomega for zip drives is iodrv-dos-x86-10.exe. Try that setup file. If you google it you should be able to find a download.

I assume the parallel drive is external. Make sure the parallel/printer port it's connected to is set to 'bidirectional' in bios setup.

Are you sure it's a parallel external zip drive using a parallel cable? Iomega made SCSI external drives that looked exactly the same as their parallel ones and used the same DB-25 cable connection that parallel ports used. You can connect a DB-25 SCSI cable to a parallel drive (and vice versa) but it won't work so make sure that's not the issue.

I tried once to install the drivers on a floppy bootdisk but had problems somewhat like what you're having. So if you're trying to install to a floppy instead of the hard drive that may be the reason.


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#3
September 16, 2016 at 06:01:37
I am sure about cable because I am using it also for sharing HDD with my Commodore 128 8-bit computer.
File written above I have and tried, it only unpacks files inside and all files I have in IOMEGA directory, it always asks "Overwrite?"

So, not helpful.
Miro


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#4
September 16, 2016 at 19:29:41
I'm not sure what a commodore uses but if you're sure both the zip drive and cable are parallel it ought to work.

When it asks about overwriting it means the files are already there from a previous install.

And you've checked the parallel/printer port configuration in bios setup?

Are you sure the drive is good?

You might have a look at your config.sys and autoexec.bat files to make sure they've been properly modified by the zip setup process.


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#5
September 19, 2016 at 02:17:57
Hm, really questions which makes me unsure...
Commodore 128 uses with 486HDD/FDD parallel port and parallel cable to communicate... so there it is sure.
Files looking like unpacking only, so understand not.
Parallel port in BIOS is enabled with IRQ 7.
Drive - this look unsure - I try any way to test it... but don't understand why it can be broken.

Miro


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#6
September 19, 2016 at 18:40:49
Parallel port needs to be a bidirectional setting so that data flows both ways.

If that's OK then it's got to be either the drive, cable or drivers. Those old zip drives seem to last forever but anything can break down.

Or the power supply. As I recall they need a 5v, 1 amp supply.


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#7
September 21, 2016 at 09:25:57
Power supply is original from Iomega.

Miro


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#8
September 22, 2016 at 01:32:04
I guess the drive and disks are both either 100 or 250 meg? 250 I think would work in a 100 meg drive but they'd need to be reformatted. But that doesn't sound like the problem.

Just from the way you describe the problem in your initial posting--that it seems to see the drive but not the disk--it sounds like it's a bad zip drive.


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#9
September 25, 2016 at 05:30:20
Yesterday I reconfigured my 486 and changed also parallel cable.
Communication wit Commodore works, but drive not.
Disks are not problem, they're 100 MB and reads them my SCSI ZIP normally.
I mean truth is in drive failure.
I found also video on web with Click of death - nothing similar, my drive looks like working.
But where is problem I don't know.

Miro


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#10
September 28, 2016 at 22:20:13
What country do you live in? I've got a bunch of external parallel 100 meg zip drives. If you can't find one locally I may be able to send one if postage rates are reasonable.

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#11
September 29, 2016 at 10:24:41
I'm living in Slovakia, so how can you to do it?

Miro


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#12
September 29, 2016 at 22:10:33
Oh, that's kind of hard. The postal service here shows a cost of $66.50 for a medium flat rate box to Slovakia. That's for priority mail. Their site doesn't show any other options. I'd probably have to go to the local post office to check to see if there are other rates that are cheaper.

That box would hold 2 or 3 drives which would probably be best since I haven't tested them and don't have a setup to do that right now.

Next time I'm out I'll drop in at the post office and ask them about rates there. Also, check around where you are and see if you can find one.


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#13
October 2, 2016 at 02:41:08
OK, thank you for all.
Miro

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