Apology for the absence, but lots of in-laws and out-laws in town.
dmesg | grep CD yields no output whatsoever, with and without sudo.
The only thing showing in /mnt is a Windoze partition.
/media shows hda and hdc with an arrow slanting downward to the right (link?), ide0, ide1, and drivers. Properties for each shows:
for hda: it is a link, location is /proc/ide, volume is proc, contents: 10 itmes totalling 0 bytes, and link target is /proc/ide/ide0/hda
for hdc: much the same as hda, except to hdc instead of hda in link target and only 6 itmes, totalling 0 bytes
whereas ide0 shows type as a folder with 14 items tot. 0 bytes, location /proc/ide, and
ide1 almost the same except with 10 items
/proc/ide/ide0/hda props show pretty much the same sort of info
Edit: forgot to mention running Ubuntu 6.06. Thanks