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I am also a newbie with linux but in the past I have disabled all supermounts to the cdrom and dvd drives. I changed it to noauto and make sure you do this as root of course. I created the icons on the desktop and had the mount points pointing directly to the /mnt/cdrom or /dev/hd?. Which ever it has listed in your fstab. The supermount is your biggest issue and creating a directroy under / and naming it cd (should be where you mount it)> Ex: /# mount /dev/hdg cd.....# cd cd......It worked for me and you should be able to mount and umount easily. One more thing make sure the device settings is set to /dev/hd? and not /mnt/cdrom. This will be the drop down box in mandrake control center. Good luck!!!
actually, I just disabled supermnount with : supermount -i disable and it worked again.
I stuffed around for ages trying different things and this is what did it. In fact I loaded my old fstab and it still works.
Thanks to mjgrant from aus.computers.linux!
The above is my /etc/fstab file. I have had no problems with either cdrom (actually a dvd) or cdrom2 (which is actually a cdrw).
This also might sound like "state the obvious" but although I have read in other places about an apparent problem with "supermount" (DOlson had a tutorial for removing the supermount facility on his site), is it that you are trying to mount things manually???
I understand that the principal of supermount was to open the drawer, put the disc in and close it, then just "click away" in your gui. Well that's how it works for my set up i.e. just like wind0w$.
As a linux dummy, that's the only nugget that I can offer, hence good luck with your mission.
Damn buggy distro! My cdrom and burner and floppy are locked. My fstab is fine. Scoured google and boards for hours only to find 100's of people like me with mandrake and this problem and not 1 answer that helps 1 iota. Time to do some deep contimplation... like most things about mandrake but if i cant watch my divx, etc i'm gonna have to switch.