I'm still a bit confused about what is going on, but it seems to be getting a little better. The status so far:
I have to have a zip disk in the drive when booting up or else Linux hangs on the checking partitions thing.
If I have the disk in the drive, then boot up progresses normally.
When I get into the desktop, I can click on the zip disk icon and mount the disk. I can see what is on it (it is MS DOS formatted, and I want to it to be that way for the time being).
Then I select unmount and I can remove the disk with the eject button (we need an eject command for these drives).
Now, if I put the same disk back in and try to mount, I get this 5 line error:
Could not mount device
The reported error was:
/dev/hdb4 no such file or directory
mount:I could not determine the file system type, and none was specified
I've also tried to run the command
but that doesnt work either
In fstab, the description for the zip drive is:
dev/hdb4, /media/zip,auot, noauto, user 0 0
So how can I remove the disk and then mount it (or another) again?