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I'm very new to Linux in general, and i have a Sony DRX-710UL Dual Layer 16x DVD +/-R/RW USB2 & Firewire that I'd like to mount on my Compaq Presario with Mandrake 10.1. Being a TOTAL noob I don't even know where to begin. Any help would be appretiated.
I think Mandrake automounts CDs, doesn't it? So what happens when you put a CD or DVD in the drive? If it doesn't seem to recognise it then it is fairly simple to fix. Open up the file '/etc/fstab' in a text editor and post it's contents here.
If you want to use the DVD writer to burn to a CD-R or DVD-R then the media doesn't have to be mounted, you just put it and open up k3b or whatever you use.
As root, open up the file /etc/fstab and add this line:
/dev/sr0 /mnt/dvd auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
This should get it recognised as a sort of USB drive, but I can't garentee it'll work. Oh, and you can change the '/mnt/dvd' part to where ever you want to mount it. If that works then you should be able to mount it with
You will also have to create a directory to act as a mount point, for example if you want to keep it as /mnt/dvd you would have to create a new directory of the same name.
I typed that in my fstab file and now my file manager sees it. I think another problem arose though. When I double click my DVD-R drive to see whats in it, the file manager (Xandros File Manager) just stalls. The DVD drive spins but it cant seem to tell i have a DVD in it. I'm not sure if it matters weather its a movie or just random files .
:edit: When i right-click the DVD-R in the file manager it tells me it isn't mounted. So i opened up the terminal and tried mounting it and got this:
Susanne:~# mount /mnt/dvd
[mntent]: warning: no final newline at the end of /etc/fstab
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
Mabey I missed something in your instructions.
The thing is that I want to make backups of my DVD's, but not matter what I do, I can't get in the DVD-R drive to rip my movies or even look at the files. You've been so helpful for far and have made my migration to Linux tolerable. If you have any ideas please share.