OK so you have purchased a new zip drive and now you want to use it. Some distributions have the modules already built. You can try insmod ppa for starters. (Make sure you have it hooked up and a disk inserted). If the ppa program is not there, then configure the kernel. My machine has 2 parallel ports, one for the zip and one for the printer. This makes things easy, no cable switching.
Configure the kernel:
Now to use the drive:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /zip
l /zip, ls /zip, df, cp,
If you had trouble with any of the previous steps, see the following sections for more detailed instructions.