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Old 11-22-2003, 05:04 AM   #1
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Question CDROM and Floppy probs

Hello. I have been running through several flavours of Linux to try and get a least painful path to get my Bleeding edge hardware running under linux.
I have tried Mandrake 9.1 and I am now on Red hat 8.0 with the original ATI video board tossed for s3 Virge for now. Seems like the disk that came with the motherboard has mostly Red Hat 8.0 Drivers on it, in particular the gigbit lan. Now that the System will load in graphic and terminal/failsafe mode i don't seem to be able to read the CDROM or floppy. With my attempt at mandrake I was only able to get terminal mode going, I could read the CDROM by going into /mnt/cdrom and just using the cd command to fish around, this I can't do under Red Hat, my command line knowledge is still pretty limited and only a few commands have stuck in my tired old head thus far. The system is still pretty unstable and I am sure there are a few driver and resource issues to sort out but can hardly load any kernel patches in, if I can't read the drives and haven't got the lan to work yet.

Of course the CD does work and so does the floppy as I have just installed off them, it is just my complete ignorance of what to type in.

Am I supposed to mount the device and file system or something, and why didn't I have to do it in the Mandrake ?

Old 11-22-2003, 05:38 AM   #2
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Under RH8 you'll have to mount and umount the cdrom and floppy drive manually. So when you put a CD in the CD-ROM drive you will have to do:

$ mount /mnt/cdrom

Before you can eject the CD you will have to umount the CD manually with:

$ umount /mnt/cdrom

Unmounting the CD will work provided that nothing on the CD is in use. You can also eject the CD using:

$ eject cdrom

Mandrake uses supermount to automatically mount CDs and floppys when you insert them. RH8 also has automount but it's not configured by default to mount CDs and floppys.


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