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Behold! My second thread started at LinuxQuestions, and I have another hardware issue.
I'm building my own computer, and my optical drive does not support Linux. The manufacturer, LiteOn, tells me they cannot "assure" that the drive will work properly under Linux. I take that to mean I can make it work. However, I'm not the savviest fellow yet, and I was looking for some assurance from others that have gotten un-supported optical drives to work under Linux. (Any ideas on what I'll have to do to make it work?) Or, if that's not possible, any recommendations for a Linux-supported optical drive?
I've used LiteOn optical drives with Linux for 8 years now without problems.
Caveat: if you drive is the latest and greatest, you *may* have problems. If it's more that a few months old, you should have little difficulty.
Another Caveat: Some distros have better hardware detection than others.
I've used Caldera OpenLinux, Suse, OpenSuse, RedHat, CentOS, Knoppix, Kanotix, PCLinuxOS, Debian, Solais 10, (a total of 20 Linux/Unix distros) with my LiteOn drives. Even though LiteOn doesn't officialy support Linux, the drives work with the Linux-supplied drivers.
I usually use Samsung/TSST or ASUS optical drives and have not had any problems with em. However, there have been a few posts on the forum that suggest that LineOn drives may have some problems in some cases. It's strange because they shouldn't have any problems if they are standards compliant drives.
I have never had a problem with any optical drive that used a standard interface (ie. PATA, SATA, SCSI). Only older drives with proprietary interfaces from the "early days" such as Sony were a PITA requiring special drivers.
Linux machines here are currently running various optical drives including LiteOn:
LiteOn, AOpen, Yamaha, HP(Phillips), Pioneer, Plextor, Epson, Sony, IBM
Last edited by NyteOwl; 10-15-2008 at 05:23 PM.
Reason: Corrected Typos
Hey, thanks everyone. When I get my computer up and running complete with LiteOn drive I want you all to be there with me!
Nota Bene: I asked NewEgg if I could return the drive for a Linux-supported model, and they credited my account with the drive price AND told me to keep the drive. Sure, it's a cheap piece of equipment, but that type of customer service is really something. Tell your friends!