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I'm a total noob to these forums, and a linux noob as well, so I apologize in advance for any ignorant statements I may make in this post.
I'm running a Dell Dimension 4700 desktop, with a Windows XP Home/SuSE Linux dual boot. I recently installed a second dvd drive, a NEC DVD-RW ND-3540A, along with the Sony DVD-ROM DDU1615 that came with the machine. The Sony drive works just fine for my purposes, but I cannot get a cd to play from the NEC -- in fact, I cannot get anything to run from the NEC drive. My end goal is to rip two cds simultaneously, but I cannot even get Linux to recognize the NEC drive out side of /dev/, where it shows up under /cd/by-id/. The Sony drive shows up here too, but there is a difference: the NEC drive has a lock icon on it that does not show up on the Sony drive. Does this have anything to do with my problem? How can I fix it?
The drive is installed properly, and works fine in windows...and the drive is listed in YaST > Hardware > CDROM Drives...it just doesn't work properly. I also made sure the device was enabled in the YaST CDROM control center, which it is--it just does not work.
You're quite welcome. This is a great forum, lots of nice people willing to answer a newb's questions...I might be a newbie at Linux, but I'm already addicted, and I look forward to using this forum more in the future.
I am curious, what does 'activating' the drive in YAST actually do? I come from a Slackware background and I am currently configuring a new box with arch linux - both distros have a hands on approach rather than use a YAST type config tool. The Guy who built the box set the DVD-RW as master and the DVD-ROM as slave (although I had asked him to do it the other way). I can boot from the DVD-ROM (I needed to to do the base intall) but the DVD-ROM will not recognise any media once the distro is running. I can mount a CD in the DVD-RW drive however. I recall reading somewhere that the master / slave order can be critical in linux? My next job will be to swap them around (as they are in my current box) and see what happens. This 'activation' has now got me wondering?