First post, by 386SX
I built the power cable for the Iomega ZIP100 parallel external drive found weeks ago and it works with my surprise considering how bad things I read about the "click of death" problem of these drives. At first I thought it suffer that cause with a usual smartphone 5V/1A AC/DC transformer it seems to have that problem but after switching to a powerful 2,5A external power supply the drive now load the floppy.
I found a installation package that has a GUEST application that once loaded it search for the drive, find it and assign it a drive letter, in my case E:. Also it came with SCSI drivers I don't need but also a nice GUI utility in dos that can diagnose the drive and gives the serial number info etc..
Now, I tried loading with LH into the autoexec the file but after that the free conventional memory left from 603kbytes goes down to 533kbytes. I suppose I may have problems with such low memory. How can I use the drive without this problem? Also the time it takes to read the drive and assign the letter is a bit too much for a dos boot (like 5 to 10 seconds). Any solutions?
I'm using both HIMEM and EMM386.