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Old 11-26-2003, 12:10 AM   #1
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ATAPI CDROM Detected as 'HDD'

I've been wondering why my Linux (Mandrake 9.2) install on one of my machines wouldn't let me install a number of packages that installs on other machines would. I think I've found out why. It seems that it detects my CDROM drive as a hard drive. My IDE configuration is as follows:

IDE0 -
Master - Hard Drive
Slave - Hard Drive
IDE1 -
Master - Hard Drive
Slave - CDROM

Why does Linux show my CDROM as HDD? Is there a config file I can modify to fix it? If I switch the CDROM to the Master of the Secondary will that fix it? Will it cause problems with a hard drive being the Secondary Slave?


(BTW, I'm using an LG CDROM with LG's firmware update available from It seems to work just fine and hasn't trashed my CDROM. I know the drive itself isn't causing my problem because I have tried using two other CDROM drives in the LG's place with the same results)
Old 11-26-2003, 12:29 AM   #2
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but does the cd work when you mount it? thats all that really matters =P
tell us if you can copy some data onto your home dir
Old 11-26-2003, 02:59 AM   #3
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All distros do this.
Primary Master = hda
Primary Slave = hdb
Secondary Master = hdc
Secondary Slave = hdd

If you are having problems, it has nothing to do with seeing your Cdrom as hdd.
Old 11-26-2003, 05:37 AM   #4
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I had been told that wiyh linux "hd" stands for hard device not hard drive.
Old 11-26-2003, 06:27 AM   #5
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Any IDE drive is called hd* so that's not the problem.



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