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Sounds like a provlem with the supermount, which is what Mandrake defaults to. I use this option with Mandrake 7.2 and have had probs in the past but will look in my /etc/fstab to check your floppy and CD lines. They don't look right because your trying to mount /mnt/cdrom which is not a device file. Is this right?
Do you have two cd drives? You could try replacing the first /mnt/cdrom in the file with whatever the file is for your cdrom (either /dev/hdc or /dev/scd0) and see what happens. You will also want to change the first /mnt/floppy to /dev/fd0 or /dev/floppy but I will check my file and compare (I'm in windoze at the mo).
I definately think that it is to do with the supermount but cannot be sure.
I tried changing the first /mnt/cdrom in my Fstab to /dev/hdc and /dev/scd0, rebooting after each change of course. I also changed The first /mnt/floppy to /dev/fd0 and /dev/floppy. It still is telling me i don't have acess rights to my CDrom/floppy. By the way i do only have 1 IDE CDrom on this computer and no SCSI drives, but i did hear something about mandrake setting idle CDroms as SCSI, Is that why It's showing a 2nd Cdrom in hard drake?
Thanx for helping me out, I'm going insane trying to figure out why it would do this on 2 different computers.
made a booboo the first time i posted this so here's the correct posting.
When i tried changing supermount to auto it tells me that fd0 isn't a block device when it boots up, and when i change the supermount for the CDrom to auto it hangs on reboot after checking file system (which for some reason always took like 2 minutes for that step to complete). When i changed supermount to defaults i don't get any error messages on bootup, and the Cdrom is unlocked, however it shows the directory /mnt/cdrom to be empty. Same for the floppy.
OK, got a bit more info by intently watching the screen during bootup. When it tries to mount the floppy and cdrom drives with supermount changed to default it says the file system defaults isn't supported by the kernel, so i don't think it should be defaults.
I'm getting damn close to buying mandrake just so i can call them up and figure out what is going on here.
If anyone out there has any suggestions or ideas PLEASE HELP
Just though I would let you know that to use supermount then you need to keep the first /mnt/cdrom as it is contrary to what I said.
BTW, can you replace the lines for the floppy and put a floppy into the drive and then see if you can access it. It will stay locked if you don't have a floppy on there.
You cant mount the cd drive if automount is on, so you would have recieved an error in your first post.
Also, my /etc/fstab file was different for the cdrom line. I had this at the end:
fs=iso9660,dev=/dev/cdrom 0 0
otherwise my floppy line was exactly the same. Try changing the cdrom line, if it still doesn't work then you may need to change the link from /dev/cdrom to the file for your cd drive (such as /dev/hdc).
(Thank you Cragstar)
I made the modifications you
had in your fstab file, Cragstar. And now with a little work i can get into the CD rom
When i try to open either the /mnt directory or access one of the Cdrom links i made on the desktop it hangs and i generally have to use Xkill to stop it or log out. After using Xkill and logging in and out a couple times, it actually lets me into my CDrom. However, even when I try changing my floppy line from
/mnt/floppy /mnt/floppy supermount fs=vfat,dev=/dev/fd0 0 0
/mnt/floppy /mnt/floppy supermount fs=vfat,dev=/dev/floppy 0 0
I am still locked out of my floppy.
Any Ideas as to why it hangs when trying to go into /mnt/ or the CDrom or how to get into my floppy.
Keep the floppy line to /dev/fd0 and then put a disk in and try to access it through Konquerer or another window manager. You will still see it locked until you click on it and try to access the contents, although when you load the /mnt page you should hear the floppy drive being accessed and then it should allow you look at the contents (only if you have a disk in there!).