Selecting the driver for your CD/DVD recorder(s)

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This version of GEAR PRO UNIX has the ability to use either standard native platform device drivers or a third party device drivers from Caldera and Tracer Technologies / Bakbone. Furthermore on Solaris Sparc there is the possiblity to select the sd driver, the sgen driver or the GEAR IDE driver.

On most Unix systems the standard platform device driver will be sufficient, so no third party drivers are required.

GEAR 5.0 now provides IDE device drivers for Solaris 2.8 and higher which can be used to provide non root users with access to these devices.

The device driver can be changed in the .gearrc file or in the program itself, in the GUI through the recorder settings (SCSI tab), and in the Command Line version with the SETCDRDEFAULTS command:

SETCDRDEFAULTS CDRInterface <value>. <value> determines which type of SCSI driver is used:

  • Tracer Technologies SCSI device driver (special file at 'SCSIPath1').
  • GEAR/Standard SCSI device driver (special file at 'SCSIPath2').
  • Caldera SCSI device driver (special file at 'SCSIPath3').
  • GEAR IDE driver, for Solaris Sparc only (special file at 'SCSIPath4').
  • sgen driver, for Solaris Sparc only (special file at 'SCSIPath5').

NOTE: Selecting 2) on Solaris Sparc will select the sd driver. This driver supports SCSI, IDE and USB devices.

NOTE: Selecting 4) on Solaris Sparc will select the GEAR IDE driver. This driver supports only IDE and SCSI devices.

NOTE: Selecting 5) on Solaris Sparc will select the sgen driver. This driver supports only SCSI devices.

NOTE: Selecting 2) on Solaris x86 will select the sgen driver. On Solaris x86 this driver supports SCSI and IDE devices.

NOTE: Using the sd driver on Solaris Sparc often requires root permissions to be able to access devices. If you are a non-root user, you may find GEAR being unable to open the device files, and GEAR will not find your CD/DVD recorder(s). Unfortunately it is a Sun policy to sometimes block access for non-root users to device files, even if the permissions on the device files have been granted. For non-root users it may therefore be required to switch to the sgen driver or the GEAR IDE driver. To give permissions for non-root users, please have the system administrator run the gearuser script after the appropriate driver has been selected in the .gearrc file.

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