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When you wrote the CD in Windows, did you use the "Direct CD" program that makes the CD-R/CD-RW look like a huge floppy, or did you use "Easy CD Creator" which writes a standard CD format? From your description of the problems I suspect that you were using the "Direct CD" or something similar, which writes a non-standard format. I've run into that problem often with Windows, where people send me CD's written with Direct CD and even though I also have Direct CD on a Win98 box, they're frequently unreadable on anything but the same box that wrote them! The "Easy CD Creator" disks, on the other hand, seem to be readable just about anywhere...
I've owned four burners so far, and every one of them has come with BOTH programs on their setup disks, so you probably have them both. Easy CD Creator isn't nearly as convenient for writing, but it's far more compatible with other systems, so it's the only one I use any more.
In fact, I used it, on Win98SE, to create my Linux installation CDs from downloaded ISO images! (I don't have a burner on my Linux box yet.)
As for CD-writting under linux it is a fairly easy and reliable process, there is a handful CD-writting applications available, from xcdroast, gcombust. gtoaster, eroaster to name a few, but they are all front-ends to the powerful cdrecord and mkisofs tools on your linux box. When I wrote reliable I meant reliable, at least for me, I am using RICOH MP7120A CD-R/RW 12x10x32, and I am reliably writting x10, never could do it in windows (buffer underruns beyond x8)
I rewrote the CD with easy CD creator and it works perfectly! Yay! I'm not sure if the problem before was direct CD or just some user error (i.e. *my* error) in writing it - I'm not sure what package I used originally. But, now it works, and I have a much better understanding of the whole idea of mounting devices.
CD-Roast sounds like just what I need - that will go on today's "to do" list.
Thanks again Jim and Neo! This problem is solved...
You're welcome, if you have any questions regarding xcdroast, I know they might pop up as for allowing different users to run the program, let us know, and I'd suggest to go to http://www.xcdroast.org to grab the latest rpm for RH7.2, it is explained on the site why you should do it.