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I installed RH8 with a 52x cdrom drive, but later had to replace the drive with the older one (4X). The interface is IDE and the drive works fine. However when I try to mount the drive it says:
mount: /dev/cdrom is not a valid block device
I really don't know where to start to solve this problem. I have used this old drive with linux before, but I always installed linux with it in the system and have not had to replace it post installation.
I don't know if it helps but my /etc/fstab is
LABEL=/ / ext2 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext2 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hde2 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
Try to mount the cd manually.
mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom
where /dev/hdc is the right device. It may be that /dev/cdrom synlink is broken. Try the above line and then decide id /dev/cdrom points to the right directory. If not, modify it.
Is the IDE CD-ROM primary master (/dev/hda), primary slave (/dev/hdb), secondary master (/dev/hdc), or secondary slave (/dev/hdd)? Find out which IDE device it's listed as and use the command Mara gave above with the correct device name. That should work.
Sorry Mara, I don't want to step on any toes--just thought I'd expand your suggestion some by providing the device names to avoid possible confusion later.