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are you trying to mount data cd's or audio? you can't mount audio cd's, just play them in kscd or whatever program you like. if you're just doing data, then auto should make that change...if it doesn't then i don't know, try other options like users instead of owner ::shrug::
You have to mount manually anyways, or use certain software.
Now that you have a correct line in your fstab, all you have to type is "mount /dev/hdb" to mount. The auto option mounts the cd (if there is one) automatically on startup. It's meant for hard drives, and is specified automatically for them when you put "defaults" as one of the options for one. In KDE or GNOME, you can create special links to the mount point (/mnt/cdrom) that automatically mount the cd when you click on them. I think there's software that will mount the cd as soon as you put it in.
/dev/cdrom is a link to /dev/hda, /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, or /dev/hdd (and so on, if you have more than two ide controllers).
/dev/hda is the Primary Master IDE Device. (Doesn't have to be a harddrive)
/dev/hdb is the Primary Slave IDE Device.
/dev/hdc is the Secondary Master IDE Device.
/dev/hdc is the Secondary Slave IDE Device.