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Old 08-09-2004, 10:09 PM   #1
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mandrake 10.0 cannot read CDROM or Floppy

Hi, gang,

Around 12 hours ago, I upgraded from Mandrake 9.2 to 10.0. Things were going well at first, except for some odd crashing by KFind. Now, my removable media are almost worthless to me, as of about three hours ago. Under Windows, my floppy drive and my CDROM drive work fine, but under Linux... YUK. Konqueror is able to read only about half the floppies. Command line interface does come through here with a nearly perfect reading of them. Things are worse, though, with the CDROM drive. Here, Totem works the best, about 20% of the time. Konqueror can only read it once per session (at best). After reading one disk, the only way I can read another is to reboot my computer and to have a little luck. Here, the command line works a little worse than Konqueror, as does Open Office. Sometimes, when the dagburn thing condescends to read a CDROM and I put in a new one, it still somehow reads the directory of the first CDROM. Most of the time, when I tell the computer to read the CDROM, it does absolutely nothing, not even blink the light on the drive. Does anyone have a clue as to what the problem is?

By the way, for hardware, I have an LG CDRW, not one of the ones that caused headaches for Mandrake 9.2. All I know is that I am about to pull what little hair I have left. I cannot find a manual in the Mandrake 10.0. My 9.2 manual is in a PDF file on one of the CDROMs that Mandrake cannot read.

Thank you.

Andy Rugg

[andy@localhost andy]$ cat /etc/fstab
/dev/hdc1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/hdc3 /mnt/win_c2 vfat umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdc6 swap swap defaults 0 0
none /mnt/hd supermount dev=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,kudzu,codepage=850 0 0
[andy@localhost andy]$ cat /etc/mtab
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target0/lun0/part1 / ext3 rw 0 0
none /proc proc rw 0 0
none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs rw 0 0
none /dev devfs rw 0 0
none /sys sysfs rw 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts rw,mode=0620 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount rw,sync,dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target0/lun0/part3 /mnt/win_c2 vfat rw,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 /mnt/windows vfat rw,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
none /mnt/hd supermount rw,dev=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/cd /mnt/cdrom iso9660 ro,nosuid,nodev,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,user=andy 0 0
[andy@localhost andy]$ cat /proc/mounts
rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0
/dev/root / ext3 rw 0 0
none /dev devfs rw 0 0
none /proc proc rw 0 0
none /sys sysfs rw 0 0
none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs rw 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts rw 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount rw,sync,dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,tray_lock=onwrite,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/hdc3 /mnt/win_c2 vfat rw,fmask=0000,dmask=0000,codepage=cp850 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat rw,fmask=0000,dmask=0000,codepage=cp850 0 0
none /mnt/hd supermount rw,dev=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1,fs=ext2:vfat,tray_lock=onwrite,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom iso9660 ro,nosuid,nodev 0 0
[andy@localhost andy]$ su
[root@localhost andy]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 46.1 GB, 46115758080 bytes
128 heads, 63 sectors/track, 11169 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 8064 * 512 = 4128768 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 11169 45033376+ 1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/hdc: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 7776 62460688+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdc2 7818 9730 15360691+ 5 Extended
/dev/hdc3 7777 7817 329332+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
/dev/hdc5 7818 9405 12755578+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdc6 9406 9730 2605050 82 Linux swap

Partition table entries are not in disk order
[root@localhost andy]#
Old 08-10-2004, 03:32 AM   #2
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I'm going to make a bad suggestion here and suggest that you do a fresh install of 10. Upgrading is traditionally a not flawless process. Installing and migrating your /home directory and config files in /etc tends to be less troublesome. Sorry, it's cheap. But in my experience that's the most time efficient way to do this.
Old 08-10-2004, 03:58 AM   #3
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I had a similar problem before, if you don't mind using the console try removing the auto mount packages one is called 'magicdev' i think. Then you shouldn't have anymore problems. Or if you like the x interface instead of rebooting just drop out of X unmount the drive and then restart x, a lot quicker then rebooting. But if you want a complete fix I don't know.


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