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Old 05-26-2006, 07:13 PM   #1
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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.

Old 05-27-2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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hi there,
you could try something like
dmesg | grep dev
Old 05-28-2006, 10:53 PM   #3
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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 :-),
Old 08-13-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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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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