cd-rom drive on parallel port

Chris Pressey cpressey at
Mon Apr 12 14:23:20 PDT 2004

On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 17:02:03 +0200
Marc "UBM" Bocklet <ubm at> wrote:

> Ok, I'm posting this one last time in the hope that somebody can at
> least tell me: "No, it does not work" :-)
> ----------------------
> Hiho! :-)
> I've an old 8x cdrom that gets connected to a parallel port. It's
> working under DOS 6.2 with a special driver but there is no sign of it
> in the dmesg or anywhere else under FreeBSD 5.2.1.
> Is this kind of device supported under FreeBSD?
> I've checked the man pages and google, but found nothing on the
> subject.
> It's not really important to get it to work, I'm mainly curious ;-)
> Thanks in advance.
> Bye
> Marc

I can't say this with 100% certainty of course, but the unfortunate
truth is: no.  AFAIK FreeBSD doesn't support anything over the parallel
port except printers and PLIP.  There's almost no chance of you getting
it to work short of writing your own driver for it.  Sorry.

(Although I suppose there might be a slim chance of being able to access
it from some other OS running under FreeBSD in, say, VMWare or Bochs...)


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