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thanks to everyone who tried to help me mount my cdrom drive before I really appreciate it. I already went ahead and reinstalled Mandrake. Now it recognizes it but I've run into another problem. It now displays a cd icon on the desktop and when I click on it it says "Sorry could not display the contents of "cdrom" ". And the floppy is having problems too. It's also mounted but when I simply click on the documents (they are wordpad .doc files) they disappear. The first time I tried to open them, OpenOffice opened up and said it could not find the files on the disk. I am logged in as the root user. What could this be? I have a feeling my friend downloaded the incorrect Mandrake version for me. I don't know a whole lot about the i586,i386 and so forth but that those are the processor types/speeds and such but when go to the Mandrake control center it says the pc is an i686 and that the Mandrake version is i586. Could this be why I'm encountering so much trouble or does it not matter?
Thanks jomen I appreciate it but that didn't seem to work. It still gives me the message "sorry could not display all contents of 'cdrom'". Before this when in the midst of mounting, I got this message:
"mount: special device dev/hdc does not exist"
My /etc/fstab only shows "Desktop/ drakx/ tmp/" to be listed in Konsole. This is making my headspin. I hope I can get it to work Thank you.
ps - the floppy is working fine now. it seemed to work when i checked supermount again or it was me logging back in after yesterday that restarted it or something. Now it will read the .doc files in OpenOffice.
this indicates, that /dev/hdc is not even there or was there a typo in your command?
it's /dev/hd? and not just dev/hd?
what mount command did you actually use - the one I gave here? That was just an example!
I cannot and do not know if you have your CD-Rom attached to your computer to really be /dev/hdc
It could be /dev/hd(a or b or c or d)
If your system is using devfs your devices will be named differently - like: /dev/cdrom/cdrom0
"Desktop/ drakx/ tmp/" is surely not a valid /etc/fstab file ! For all I know - this has to be wrong!
try: cat /etc/fstab in a teminal or on console
also try: ls -al /dev/hd* - there should be a lot of entries and ls -al /dev/hdc* should give you fewer
while you are at it - do: ls -al /dev/cdrom*
and: ls -al /proc/ide
and post the output of those commands
That should give you and me and others a clue on what is going on here...
( no need to post the output of: ls -al /dev/hd* - that would be useless and way to much! )
Yes. Well it really doesn't matter what cdrom type I put in the drive it says "Sorry cannot display all contents of cdrom". I've tried everyone's suggestions but so far it still says the same thing Maybe the cdrom drive is incompatible with Mandrake ? I'll look on their website . Someone told me to put in the Mandrake distro cd to see if it would bring that up but with the same result as the rest. I just ordered a router recently and hopefully that won't be hard to configure in Linux...
apparently it is mounted but not reading the cds for some odd reason. Also mandrake is idenitifying the cdrom drive as being a combination cdrom/dvdrom drive in dmesg and it's not. This leads me to suspect it's the hardware being screwy rather than Mandrake.
Another option you might want to try is to play around with filesystems used to mount your cdrom. I had a similar problem myself - my case came down to not having a supermount module, so I simply tried changing the fs used to something that I both had installed and that would let me access the contents of the cd. Try poking around with DiskDrake, or however that tool is called - in the "Configure your computer" in the Run menu. Choose your CDROM drive and start config tool, once there try changing the options to use something different instead of supermount and also try enabling the "All users" option. It worked for me eventually, though the cdrom label on my desktop still appears all screwed up, but at least the contents is intact and accessible. Your problem sounds suspiciously similar to mine - the drive is mounted just fine, but the contents is not accessible.
Allright this is odd, now it will read cds but not all... It's being picky with me. All along I've stressed a bit over this and it's being picky. Could burning software used on the cds be an issue (two diff progs were used, Nero which the data music cd that is being read was burned under, and roxio, this comes after a 3rd time clean install of mandrake)?The cds I put in aren't in bad condition but a min ago i plopped in a music data cd and it showed all the contents whereareas I put in an mp3 cd and the linux distro cd and it would say "sorry can not display all contents of cdrom" .... Well...I guess that's solved, maybe I need to go buy another cdrom drive perhaps to get around this pickiness. What brands would you reccomend I check out that work best with Linux with minimal or no probs like I encountered? Thanks everyone for your help. I really appreciate it.