knowing it is 5 is fine .
I was wondering if it was 5 .? , 4.? or the VERY OLD rh9
right at the moment i am in fedora and not Cent . I will look into it this afternoon .
it may be a service that is off .Or a udev rule needs to be edited .
on my setup they auto mount as r/w for a normal user ( well cd/dvd-+r read only)
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just popped in a data dvd and got a icon on my desktop
OK check in your services
System / Administration / Services and see if " autofs" is running
for level 3,4,5
.If it is not there then install it ( yum install autosf ) and reboot
see if that solves it
if not then after you mount it as root take a look at /etc/mtab ( while it is mounted ) and look for the device
example: my dvd drive entry in mtab it
/dev/hdc /media/Personal\040Data,\040Jul\04029,\0402008 iso9660 rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,uid=500 0 0
so my dvd is /dev/hdc
my cd drive is /dev/hdd
you can also get this info from "HAL Device Manager"
and put a check in "view/virtual Devices "
it will be in the list on the left side as a ide or usb device
if autofs dose not auto mount it you can use the above info to add a line to fstab for mounting on boot