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Re: no medium found. cdrom broken?

Wayne Topa wrote:
H.S.(hs.samix@gmail.com) is reported to have said:

I haven't been able to read any CD from my cdrom drive in my computer
running Debian Etch for quite a few weeks. Not sure exactly when this
problem started. Whenever I insert a disc, it doesn't get detected and
if I try to manually mount it, I get the message "no medium found" or
some such thing.

That same disc works in the cd write on the same computer.

I noticed yesterday, that when the computer boots up or when I close the
cdrom's tray, the LED on the cdrom blinks as usual. But when I insert
the disc and close the tray, the LED blinks for a while, then nothing
happens and when I take out the disc the disc appears to have not moved
at all. Looks like the cdrom drive is not spinning it at all.

So, it is the drive broken? Doesn't look like to be an issue with hal or

1. Does /media/cdrom0 esist?
2. Does ls -l  /cdrom return    /cdrom -> /media/cdrom0/  ?

I have:
$> ls -l /cdrom
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 11 2006-06-05 13:58 /cdrom -> media/cdrom
$> ls -l /media/cdrom
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 2006-06-05 13:58 /media/cdrom -> cdrom0

So this appears to be okay.

However, I tried putting in a bootable CD into the cdrom (hdc) drive and rebooted the computer. The machine failed to read the disc. I repeated this by putting the disc in the cd writer (hdd) and the machine booted from the disc. Looks like the cdrom drive is gone kaput. Before trying the boot experiment, I had disconnected and reconnected the IDE cable of the drive and also its power cable, just in case there loose connections.


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