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Old 10-22-2005, 12:21 PM   #1
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How to run the CDROM

Hi - I am new to Linux so my question is raally basic

I installed SuSE 9.3 (probablly should have bought the box set instead of just a copy so I would have the docs - but I am basically too cheap)

I love it so far - thunderbird and firefox and OpenOffice are great !!!! My HP950C printer and Linux knew each other and hooked up like old friends. And that is 90% of what I ever need because I am just a very basic PC user (I listen music on my stero, watch DVD on my TV, and take my pictures to the drug store to be developed). So I am good with Linux and SuSE is just great!

And I feel FREE from MS and Windows - which is the best part of all.

Anyway I can not figure out how to make a CD run. I put the CD in the CDROM drive (I have 2 drives actually - one's RW) and it mounts just fine - the icon pops up on the desktop and I can open it and see the files and folders (and even open them). But I have been trying for the last several days to run a CD and can not figure out how. I have tried opening up a terminal window and going to the proper directory (media/cdrom/and-so-on) and doing -f ./ and various execs but still nothing.

I tried to run the CD I got with my cell phone - can't do it Also I am trying to install a VPN client from a CD that is for Linux - can't do that either.

I know it is simple but I just can not seem to get it - How do you run a CD in Linux ?
Old 10-22-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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Hi dtconnor!

I'm glad you are liking Linux so far. But be careful, it's about to become very additive and soon you will start hacking stuff... ghehe. Nah, just kidding. Anyway, you may need to mount your CD manually if SuSE is not mounting it for you. Try opening a terminal and typing:

mount /media/cdrom

The above is an example of what I guess to be the mount point of SuSE's cdrom device. Once mounted, you should be able to access your files without a problem by either using your file manager (nautilus? Konqueror?) or the command line as you are doing.

Keep in mind that some formats can't be mounted. Examples are audio CD's and DVD's. If you ever come across one of these, just put the CD on the drive and fire the media player up. It should detect the mount point.

Now, if you were actually thinking about those "autorun" features that most Windows CD have (like when you insert a game, it pops up the installer), it won't work in Linux. The automount is a little script that calls the "setup.exe" if auto-run is enabled in Windows. I believe that your phone CD has such a script and that's why it's not working, but this is just a guess

Best of luck!

P.S: this might be interesting for you:


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