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A linux-savvy friend set up my system and mounted my cd-rom drive. It worked fine for a while, but suddenly there seems to be a problem. When I try to look at the files on the cd-rom, I get the error message:
"Could not mount device. Mount point /cdrom is a symbolic link to nowhere"
Ok here is the solution, remove /cdrom
now make such directory
now take a look at /dev directory
ls -l cdrom*
if it lists
cdrom->/dev/hd* or similar (* can be c,d or any other letter depends on how many HD's and cdrom's/cdrw's you have) you're ok if not
create a symlink
ln -s cdrom /dev/hd* (substitute * with appropriate letter a....z). To find the letter you can use a rule of tumb
All described is for IDE devices without cable select setting, and I guess excluding RAID arrays.
Note: the above is done as root
Which seems similar to what you suggested. However, still no luck mounting (though a new error message). It now says "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superbloc on /dev/cdrom, or too many mounted file systems" Not too specific...
What do you think I should do next? I really appreciate your help!!!
/cdrom does exist on the system (since I just created it. Before, it was a symbolic link to /mnt/cdrom... which did not exist, hence the original error message "symbolic link to nowhere"... anyway, so I deleted the link /cdrom and replaced it with a new directory /cdrom...as per directions #1)
I don't know what scsi means... how do I find out? It is a burner (R/W).
The command line "mount -tiso9660..." yields the same error message I posted earlier ("wrong fs type, bad option, etc....")
As an aside, I tried this same "mount..." command before I deleted /cdrom (the original link...) and it did not work then. Also, at some point in the remember-able past (like 2 days ago) this all worked fine... or at least reading worked fine, I hadn't tried writing...
But anyway, even though I am quite clueless here, some of these basic setting do have some basis since they worked before the aforementioned symbolic link suddenly evaporated.
A potentially related question: does the file type (iso9660?) depend on the CD? Or just the CD player? Like, if I change CD's might I have to change the file type? Or is it always the same, and if it can read one CD it can read every CD?
It's a data CD I'm trying to read (written in Windows, but only containing raw text file--sort of an experiment to see if I could write to the CD in windows then read it in linux. Since I don't have my windows partition mounted... which will be another project...)
Anyway this is a cool command! It knows my computer better than I do!
Oh gosh, you know I'm a bit of an idiot (not a complete one, though... after your saying how audio CD's couldn't be mounted, I'm trying the Linux documentation CD and it mounts perfectly). So, the problem appears to not be the hardware.
But, I do still have the question... how can I write to a CD in windows and read it in Linux?
The problem appears to be a formatting problem instead of hardware.
However, if you're completely sick of me I understand!
Nope, not a ziltch, I am here to help, I just on and off, recording MTV Music Awards and skipping the commercials, so if you try to mount another CD, any other that you have (games, windows install CD), does it give you the same error?
Yep, windows reads it (and writes to it) without a problem.
Just drawing an analogy with diskettes being formatted for mac vs dos... do CD's have similar format issues? Like, might there be a way to format it in Linux (and see if then Windows would read it?) rather than what appears to be the defaul windows formatting which Linux doesn't like?