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Old 04-12-2003, 09:56 PM   #1
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help with cd-r and dvd drives IDE

hi everybody
im still new to slack and im trying to figure the whole idea out, anyways i have a cd-r and a dvd drive but when i go to /fstab i only see one /dev/cdrom shouldnt it be /dev/cd-r and /dev/dvd????
i dont know and also how do you open a cd full of files just to view them, i know its harder than windows, like double click Edrive and there are your files, i know its not like that, so ya my cd drives arent configured correctly and i dont know how to open cd to view files

i have generic 16x dvd and 56x memorex cd-r on slack 9.0 with KDE 3.1, thanks for any and all help!!!
Old 04-13-2003, 12:52 PM   #2
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Well the /dev/cdrom is actually just a symlink to the actual device. You can make this anything you want really, if you want one that links to your cd-rw and name it /dev/cd-r that would work. You can also link to your dvd and name it /dev/dvd.

Say for instance, your cd-rw is on the second IDE controller and is the master, then your dvd is on the second IDE controller and is the slave, this is what the actual devices would be called:

/dev/hdc = cd-rw drive
/dev/hdd = dvd drive

Then they can point to a symlink in the same directory.

/dev/hdc ---> /dev/cd-r
/dev/hdd ---> /dev/dvd

To make a symlink you can issue a command like this say for your cd-rw:

ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/cd-r

And to mount a cdrom to view files on it, ( take note you can't mount media type cd's like dvd's or music cd's ) you can issue a command like this but first create an empty directory in say /mnt/cd-r or /mnt/dvd to mount these drives to fore viewing:

mount /dev/cd-r /mnt/cd-r

Then just cd into the /mnt/cd-r directory to view, copy, etc the files off the cd.

Hope this helps explaining a bit. This is asked all the time, searching this site also will bring up many results most likely that might give your lots more information.


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