I fixed my cd-rom problem.
Redhat Linux 7.1 does have the ability to mount filesystems
as any other Linux based OS... but here was my problem:
For some reason when the kernel booted it refused to load
the correct modules.
With a bit of research I discovered that there were *2* modules
I needed to mount the cd-rom called:
Usually the kernel loads these modules by itself at boot time.
I used insmod to load cdrom.o and then to load ide-cd.o.
Boom! I was able to mount the cd-rom.
Thanks for the help.... I am glad that this forum exists-
when I have another problem with Linux in the future
I know that there is *someone* out there who will try to help!
As I learn more, I promise to try to help others too....