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Old 03-11-2005, 08:22 AM   #1
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can't mount cdrom

I have Fedora 3 running in vmware and want to read a cd from my dvd rom.

When I do what my book says:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

it says:
mount: special device /dev/cdrom does not exist

How can I read what is one my CD?

Old 03-11-2005, 08:33 AM   #2
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This is probably a vmware issue.

In the VM controls unattach and reattach the device.
Old 03-11-2005, 08:39 AM   #3
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- No, I have a redhat9 vmware machine running and can mount the drive fine, I just found out.

- I connected and disconnected the cd and it still gives me the same error.

- I click on the CD on the desktop in fedora3 and it says the same thing: "can't find /mnt/cdrom in etc/fstab or /etc/mtab"

So somehow in fedora3 my cdrom got clobbered. But I can't imagine how, this is freshly installed.

How can I get my cdrom back now?
Can I just add some kind of entry to /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab?

Old 03-11-2005, 02:06 PM   #4
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Sure, just add this line to your fstab, /dev/hdc is usually your cdrom drive, if its not, try other devices.

/dev/hdc     /mnt/cdrom      iso9660         noauto,user  0 2
Old 03-11-2005, 02:36 PM   #5
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"/dev/cdrom" is usually a symbolic link to the actual drive. With Redhat 9, the cdrom is normally a scsi emulation, requiring the addition of "hdc=ide-scsi" on your grub.conf "kernel" line. On rebooting, the drive normally comes up as /dev/scd0 with the link /dev/cdrom pointing at it.

If you can mount "/dev/scd0" you can use it for the cdrom. If the link is missing, you may want to create the symbolic link for it so you can use "/dev/cdrom" for convenience.


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