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jsouth 02-19-2004 03:28 PM

How To Interface with the CDROM
I am new to Linux, although I have a farely decent background on general UNIX based operating system theory.

My question is very simple. How do I interface with my CD-ROM?

All of my previous experience is using Red Hat 9 which provides graphical interfaces for doing this.

Currently I am running Slackware.

jsouth 02-19-2004 03:51 PM


I was able to figure out how to mount the device from the command line, and then add the device to my graphical 'home' interface, thus being able to see and communicate with all of my files.

Does anybody know a way I can have slackware perform these actions by default on startup??

Genesee 02-19-2004 04:27 PM

this may help:

SML 02-19-2004 04:35 PM

Hey!! :) jsouth - tell me how please!

I had the exact same probs. RH was all set-up graphically, then Slack 9.1 did not operate in the same way and my cd icon did not automatically appear on the desktop.

jsouth 02-19-2004 04:46 PM

Thanks man, that was a perfect guide to what I had needed.

In response to the person who would also like to know how:


1- Go to console, typ: mount /dev/hdc
2- Go to Home, and under the right click menu, selct Create New, then CD/DVD-ROM Device.
3- In the window that pops up, go to the device tab, and select your device. Mine was 'dev/cdrom'
4- After this, you will recieve an icon that links to your CD Device.


After doing this, you will get a feel for how it is actually done. Then, go to here ->

to find out how to edit the 'etc/fstab' file to tell your OS to perform this action autmatically. The way I did was simply remove the 'noauto' peramator in the fifth column, under your hdc/cdrom device.

4 - Reboot. It should work.

Genesee 02-19-2004 05:55 PM

glad to hear you got it working -

when you have time I'd recommend going thru that (Rute's Guide) from top to bottom - it's excellent, and really helped me a lot.


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