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Old 01-23-2006, 08:52 PM   #16
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I see you're using slackware 10.2, which i believe uses the 2.4 series of kernels by default. If you type 'uname -r' in a terminal it will tell you your kernel version.

If it is a 2.4 kernel then you need the ide-scsi emulation to burn CDs and DVDs. Your CD drives will no longer be accessed as /dev/hdc and /dev/hdd but as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb for reading and /dev/sg0 and /dev/sg1 for writing. (Correct me if i'm wrong please!)

In the 2.6 kernels you don't need that any longer, you can use your burner through /dev/hdx (consider x a variable, should be /dev/hdd in your case).

This webpage should contain all the information you need, you definately won't need all of it but it is a good place to start. There are some good links to other how-tos at the bottom of the page as well. For sure have a look at the sections 'Getting Ready' and 'IDE and Linux Kernel Considerations'

Remember, google is your friend! Try as well.

Good luck!


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