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Old 03-02-2006, 01:39 AM   #1
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no more sound/CDROM won't eject

Going from Windows expert to Linux Newbie was going great till I decided to do an ID 10 t error. (If you don't get it squish it together)

I just got this computer as a gift, Linux already installed and ready to go. Worked great. I love it! I decided to see if I could run MIRC and The Sims on it (only windows programs I'd ever miss) So I went to google for a windows emulator and found Cadgea(Sp?) I couldn't make it work. some random guy on some random website said his was fixed when he entered a certain command so I did that too.

(I did not write down the command, remember what it was or know what it does! Searched my history but can't seem to find the site again. )

Immeadiately my CD rom would then only eject from clicking on the eject button in the CD player (would not open from the button)

Then I found wine... Installed it and happily am using mirc.

I gave up on the Sims, decided it wasn't worth it and quit messing around. but after I rebooted.. no sound worked at all and I can't even eject from the cd player.

I didn't install this, don't have disks from it and don't know how to check to see what kind of hardware I have or even what distro I have (login screen says Fedora Core but I dunno if it's 3 or 4 or whatever) The application menu has a footprint icon on it (Quite Cute) So I'm betting that tells you something about what I've got on here?

I really hope someone can help me fix this.. I'm very sad without my sound or CD-ROM drive.
Old 03-02-2006, 01:45 AM   #2
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Footprint means your using gnome. As far as the CD drive, does it have a cd in it? Try this from a root command line (open a terminal and type su, then eneter the root password):
umount /dev/cdrom or you could try random if that don't work:
umount /dev/hdb/hdc...
As far as sound, open a term and su and type:
alsaconf see if that helps.
Old 03-02-2006, 01:47 AM   #3
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The footprint tells you're most probably using Gnome Desktop Environment (instead, for example, KDE or plain console) but that's not gonna take you far. It's not really important which Fedora you have, if you plan to do some kind of reinstallation or recovery installation, I'd suggest the latest stable (4 at the moment?) anyway.

Cedega is a..hmm, how would I put it..well, like trimmed Wine, meant for playing Windows games (when Wine on the other hand is meant for running common windows programs, not necessarily games; Cedega has DirectX-support and stuff which Wine does not). I don't know what you did, but if you did it (run the command) from a terminal, open up that terminal and click the up-button to get the older commands from the history file, and see if you have your command there. Might help. I'm not sure how much (probably something like 100-200?) lines there are in the command history, but see for yourself.

Often cd drive does not open from the cd-drive's button if it's mounted (in Windows you really don't see this procedure so clearly), meaning that it's readable and possibly writeable, and you have a directory on your harddisk which shows the contents of the CD. When you want the disc out, you need to eject or unmount it (command: umount) - in Gnome simply right-click the cd drive icon and select either Eject or if you have Unmount, then it. Eject ought to spit the disc out automatically.

And the sound..hmm. That's an evil question. You really ought to know what you did, to know if your sound levels are set to 0, muted the whole thing, if it's defunc for some reason etc...
Old 03-02-2006, 02:02 AM   #4
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It all works again now thank you! It did still have the sims CD in it.

I will do better at writing down things I do so I'll know what to ask on how to reverse them LOL

thanks also, bouncer for the explanation.


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