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Re: OS may not have recognised my DVD....

Hi Michael,
On Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 11:03:57AM +0000, Michael Fothergill wrote:
> Dear Debian foks,
> I am not sure if the the OS saw my new DVD drive (Benq)correctly. I also 
> have a CD drive in my machine.
> When I login in gnome I see an icon for the floppy drive cdrom1 as it calls 
> it and the file system.
> Fedora for example made a separate icon for the DVD drive.
> If you look in /media you actually see cdrom and cdrom0 not cdrom1.
> spc2-burn3-0-0-cust329:/home/mikef# cd /media/
> spc2-burn3-0-0-cust329:/media# ls
> cdrom  cdrom0  floppy  floppy0
> spc2-burn3-0-0-cust329:/media# ls -l
> total 8
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root    6 2006-10-17 14:09 cdrom -> cdrom0
> drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 2006-10-17 14:09 cdrom0
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root    7 2006-10-17 14:09 floppy -> floppy0
> drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 2006-10-17 14:09 floppy0

In *nix there are many different types of files:
directories, data files, symbolic links, character devices, block
devices, etc.

You need to determine what the actual block device name for your dvd is.
If the cdrom or dvd drive was detected and udev didn't create a symbolic
link to /media/ then you need to make sure that:
1) the device was detected
2) figure out if udev has the correct rule to make a symbolic link for

you can do #1 by looking in /var/log/dmesg or /va/log/messages with
grep CD /var/log/dmesg
grep CD /var/log/message
you will normally get a result containing /dev/hda,/dev/hdb or similar
this will tell you if it was found. If this is not found, then there are
kernel or hardware issues.
The next step is to either try to fix the udev issue (not my speciality)
if you want a nice /media/dvdrom to show up or to simply use the info
from step #1 to use that for the paramter to apt-cdrom.
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