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Old 07-13-2008, 11:35 PM   #1
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Distribution: Slack 12.1
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hp laptop optical drive issues...

Okay, so, after scouring google for several hours I'm beginning to find my problem a little too specific for what I've seen so far, so here goes:

I've got an hp pavilion dv6000 series laptop running Slackware 12.1, came with a DVD-RW optical drive.

I can't seem to mount it no matter what I try. I gave a dmesg | grep ATA and it came up with the following:

hda: ATAPI 24X DVD-ROM DVD-R-RAM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache
I've known that the device has been at /dev/hda for quite some time, but no amount of fiddling has gotten the results I want (which is, right now, just to mount my damn Joe Satriani cd, or ANY music cd for that matter).

Looking in my fstab reveals this:

/dev/sda2        /                reiserfs    defaults         1   1
/dev/hda         /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
tmpfs            /dev/shm         tmpfs       defaults         0   0
Originally the /dev/hda line was commented out, if that helps any wishing to take on this problem.

With the current fstab though, when I try to mount /dev/hda I get the following error:

mount: /dev/hda: can't read superblock
If any more information is required to solve this riddle, I am more than willing to provide it...

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this,

P.S. My kernel is

Last edited by xadrith; 07-13-2008 at 11:42 PM.
Old 07-13-2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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One more freaky little note:

When i log in as root and execute the audacious program and go to the menu and click >> plugin services >> add cd... i get the whole playlist from my cd and I can listen to it!!!

But when I try to do the same exact thing under my regular user account it comes up with this error:

No playable CD found.

No CD inserted, or inserted CD is not an audio CD.
I'm guessing this will all have something to do with user privileges in the end. Is it possible to change user privileges on who can mount a cd/dvd?

Old 07-14-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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No one cares, but, if it's 3 years from now and you stumble across this page with the same problem...

It all had to do with HAL and its auto-mounting.

It didn't seem to add local users to the privilege of using the media devices:

i.e.: floppy: audio: video: cdrom: plugdev

If you're having trouble and it looked similar to my problem above try going into /etc/group and manually adding each regular user to the aforementioned devices...

This pertains to accessing the media devices under X.



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