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Old 09-23-2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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cd-rom no longer accessible

I used the "poor man's install" howto found at the following site.

It worked, but now I can't use my cdrom. I believe it has something to do with the PMI pretending that knoppix is being booted from cd, but is really being booted from the iso on my ntfs partition. When booting into windows, it has disappeared from my list of drives, it has disappeared from a boot option in bios, when I inserted a cd into the drive, I did still get a little hourglass thingy that said something was happening, but that was only once, and nothing allowed me to access the cd. I tried using restore in windows to change everything back to the way it was the day before I did this, but that didn't work. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:20 AM   #3
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it seems to be h/w prob. check the connections power and ide. look for any id clash as it is not even appearing under bios
Old 09-23-2006, 08:39 PM   #4
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Ok, I got cd-rom back. It was not a hardware problem. As far as I can tell, it was the result of the computer thinking that I had more than 4 IDE drives. That knoppix thing must make my computer pretend that that iso file is on an IDE drive. Thats the only thing I can figure out, because cd worked fine before. I disabled my floppy drive and now it works again. I don't really have a floppy, but the computer has always thought that I did, it shows up in bios and in "my computer". If someone sees a flaw in my logic here, please let me know.


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