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Old 10-24-2004, 02:42 PM   #1
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what is input output error?

I cannot play my cdrom but I can listen music from the other partition in my drive.My output while cat /dev/cdrom is like this

linux:~ # cat /dev/cdrom
cat: /dev/cdrom: Input/output error

Can anyone tell me what is difference between /dev and /media ?

Thanks in advance
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You can't mount audio-CDs (they don't have a
file-system), and if they did a cat of the raw device
still wouldn't produce anything sensible.

The difference between /media and /dev is that
/media is a mountpoint (or directory that holds
other mountpoints) while /dev holds raw devices.

In Linux, basically everything is a file (or, more
precisely, a stream) and has a logical representation
of sorts in the file-system, most common examples
are /dev and /proc ...

To tell you how to actually play audio-CDs:
Knowing your distro would help, but in general there's
two possible things to do:
Use xmms (make sure the cd-audio-player plugin is
installed and set-up properly).
Check whether you have an analogue cable going
(internal) from the CD-ROM to your soundcard, and
you should be able to play audio-CDs with any
player ...

Old 10-24-2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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Thanks tink,

Also I had this error, /dev/cdrecorder: Input/output error
mount: you must specify the filesystem type

what does that mean? I am using suse9 and I have no problem with soundcard connecting with an audio wire running from CDdrive. I can play all sort of music from windows partition.



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