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Chryzmo 05-26-2006 07:13 PM

Dell Inspiron 6000 - Cannot find DVD drive
Hey all,

I was just trying to finish configuring Debian on my Inspiron 6000. I upgraded my kernel to the kernel and applied a patch that should fix an issue with DVD viewing being choppy.

This made my hard drive partitions become /dev/sda*. I thought my CD-RW/DVD drive should be /dev/sr0. However, if I try to view a DVD in Xine or mount a data CD, I am told that /dev/sr0 is not a valid block device.

Is there a way I can probe the possible devices to find out what my DVD drive is named? So far I have tried:


I am not seeing anything else in /dev/ that would be my DVD drive.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


slackie1000 05-27-2006 11:56 AM

hi there,
you could try something like

dmesg | grep dev

Chryzmo 05-28-2006 10:53 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I actually figured it out. Due to the SATA DVD drive, I had to use a kernel patch to get DMA working on the drive. After applying the patch, I had to pass a command to GRUB, which I forgot to do. Once I fixed this it all worked perfectly.

Thanks though :-),

kdogksu 08-13-2006 04:52 PM

I have been trying to solve the DVD-choppiness problem off and on for a couple months. Chryzmo (or anyone) would you mind posting some information on the Kernel patch that you used and the command passed to Grub (I assume a kernel boot option)? It would be much appreciated.


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