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Old 12-03-2007, 03:36 PM   #1
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Cool Debian Linux do not recognize my CD

ok here comes the all history.
When I start the installation the page starts well, when the Debian Installation interface try to find my CDRom It fails and I cant continue with the installation.
Well, then I went to the page run the program over my XP and get ride of it.
By the way sweet application. The update comes from the internet so i do not need a CD to finish the installation.
Now the problem is that I have no CDrom mounted and I need it to install and copy applications from a CD.
There is no /dev/CDROM file or /dev/DVD*

When I type fdisk -l It shows me:

Disk /dev/SDA

Disk /dev/SDB

both are my hard drives. The are sata hard drives of 160g

I'm new on this so I;m not sure what info you need to have an idea.
I readed in some other place that debian has this problem I tryed ubunto and the same.


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Old 12-03-2007, 06:10 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by asomarribasd View Post
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You will probably have to buy a new CD-ROM drive. Yours is apparently not supported. You might want to borrow one from a friend to test this theory.

The other likely cause of the problem is that the interface to your CD-ROM is not supported. If this is the case, you can use an external USB CD-ROM to work around the problem.
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Hi asomarribasd, Welcome to lq. Check your bios for a PATA and SATA Support option.
Good luck. ;-)
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fdisk will not display information from a CDROM drive.
/dev/cdrom is typically a link to the actual device i.e. /dev/hdc or /dev/scd0.

What type of interface is this drive i.e ATAPI (IDE), SATA, USB etc
Is it being recognized by the BIOS?
Look at the output of the dmesg command to see if the device is being recognized.
Old 12-03-2007, 08:08 PM   #5
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The first thing I did was to change the CDrom I try several cdrom and dvdroms (4), and none of them works, the funny thing is that the installation cd runs, but do not recognize it later, it is a kind of contradiction.
David said that " interface to your CD-ROM is not supported" as a posibility.
The hard drives are SATA, I have 2 of them, the cd rom is connected to a IDE, but the bios says something like it is making an emulation from sata to IDE.

I just read from other post

"Several people have seen this problem because
some new motherboards are using some kind of SATA to IDE bridge that
leaves a CD unavailable between initial boot and the point when CD
drivers are later installed by the kernel. I think the installer falls
into the gap there and fails as a result."

I think this is my problem because the machine is not too old. I follow the advice and install the debian with the software I mentioned before but even when I was able to install I not able to make the CD works.

Have you ear about this problem or a solition for it?
If there is no other option i can but the USB CDrom but If I can deal with this will be good.
Again, what I found very funny is the issue that the a cd can boot, but not finish the installation.

Thanks for all the help. I hope I can payback in other oportunity.


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