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just like u had suggested.....and it worked!!!!! thanks.
when i looked back at my fstab file today while i was writing a reply to this post things had changed on there own i swear it. it was back again to /dev/cdrom and cdrom1. and when i went to the /dev/ folder and checked to see if there was a cdrom and cdrom1 in the folder there was and its a block device.
man how confusing does this get or am i just stupid.
i know that ln -sf /dev/scd0 /dev/cdrom will create my link but how do i tell what links there are. for instance if i look at someone elses machine i have never seen before how can i tell that there is a symlink between hda and cdrom. the only way is to look at the lilo.config file and then do a
[joe@schrock joe]$ ls -l /dev/cdrom
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Jun 30 17:43 /dev/cdrom -> /dev/scd0
[joe@schrock joe]$ ls -l /dev/cdrom1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Jun 30 17:43 /dev/cdrom1 -> /dev/scd1
[joe@schrock joe]$ ls -l /dev/scd0
brw------- 1 joe disk 11, 0 Aug 30 2002 /dev/scd0
[joe@schrock joe]$ ls -l /dev/scd1
brw------- 1 joe disk 11, 1 Aug 30 2002 /dev/scd1