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Well, that's where the hardware control is, so it's likely that hardware is going to be the location of the errors.
Did you compile scsi support in? Have you checked to see that the scsi module is loaded? Try:
And see if it opens your DVD player. If not, then it's likely an error with your scsi emulation setup. Check around the board for threads on that subject as it's covered quite frequently.
2. Good Luck.
3. You might have missed the mouse options during the recompile, go back through and ensure you read the help files associated with your mouse options.
If you are getting the drive to eject, then it's not a device problem. Instead look at possible filesystem support, and remember, Mandrake uses DevFS, which means that you might have to also look at either reinstating that, or disabling it and going with the traditional MAKEDEV script.
Pretty much the same possibilities for the mouse, DevFS probably symlinked the proper device to /dev/mouse for you, and if you are now not using it you'll need to make the symlink yourself. Other options might be that it's a bus mouse and you didn't pick that option...
Also look at the filesystem area for the DVD problems. Post up actual error messages when you try to mount a CD.
I had a laptop with Synaptics mouse, you probably don't need a new driver for it (although you can use one). It should be recognised by the hardware as a PS/2 device, so you'd have to be sure that's enabled in the kernel config.
DVD disks use the UDF filesystem, so you need to make sure that's enabled too (it's in the Filesystems options). If it's a R/W you'll need a packet writing patch to be able to burn disks.