Subject: Re: zip drive problem
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/31/1996 15:24:20
On Wed, 31 Jan 1996 06:39:16 -0500 
 der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU> wrote:

 > There are two problems.
 > One is that the zip drive simply does not accept the page 4 mode sense
 > command NetBSD is using to try to get the geometry.  Fortunately this
 > isn't serious; it uses the indicated fictitious geometry, and if you
 > have a disk label on the disk will believe what's there.  The only
 > problem is the obnoxious noise message on the first access after
 > changing disks.

Adam Glass suggested to me a way to fix that.  Before I can really give 
you guys some details (it came out of a lengthy conversation we had about 
SCSI in general), I'm going to have to find the time to read a couple of 
bits of my copy of the SCSI-II spec.

 > The other problem is that iomega calls their disks 100MB, while NetBSD
 > says they're 96MB.  As far as I can tell, NetBSD is telling the truth
 > here and iomega is lying.  If you want this fixed, you'll have to go
 > talk to iomega.

Yup.  NetBSD reports what the drive says.  My guess is that 100MB was 
"close enough" for Iomega's marketing department :-)

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