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Old 03-26-2004, 06:44 PM   #1
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Post CD-Rom Software for Linux

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of a program for Linux that allows you to set the CD-Rom speed and alter the Spin-Down time. There is a program for windows called CD-Rom Tool, and I was just wondering if Linux had something similar?

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Old 03-26-2004, 06:56 PM   #2
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hdparm might do what you want. It will at least let you alter spindown time, and it is extremely useful if you want to enhance the overall performance of your system by setting optimal harddrive settings.

Old 03-26-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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As hw-tph mentioned, hdparm can be used to modify the hard drives' behavior, but I'm not sure I understand why this would be needed for the CD-ROM, since they will only be in operation when a CD actually has been inserted (and which presumably would be removed after you were done with it, as opposed to a hard drive which is always spinning.)

Are you talking about adjusting the burning speed for a CD-RW? If so, then the burner program is almost guaranteed to have a parameter you can set to control it. -- J.W.
Old 03-27-2004, 05:04 PM   #4
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lol, no I don't need anything for my Hard Drive Performance, I need something that allows you to control the CD-Roms Read Speed and the amount of time before the CD-Rom spins down. Reason is, i've found that programs that read off the CD-Rom every few minutes perform better if you adjust the CD-Roms spindown time, so the CD-Rom doesn't have to take time to spinup again each time a program needs to read from the CD. But, I don't want my CD-Rom drive spinning at 52x for 5-10 minutes at a time, so I also need something to lower it's read speed to around 24x.

Where did you get Hard Drives from?
Old 03-27-2004, 08:49 PM   #5
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Optimizing Hard drives

There was a program for WIndows that optimizes the Hard Drive called System Mechanic. It was the worst piece of software I have ever seen. One computer crashed totally after install, all with critical business data (there was backups). Then my home PC started acting sluggish, and I uninstalled it and now it runs faster. That is my only Windows XP pc which is my laptop.

Trying to go all out and learn Linux

So far I learned:

How to untar/ install rpms , tar files
How to configure XMMS to play MP3s
How to scream YEAH BABY after I did that ( It took me 3 weeks and 4 books but hey I did it)

Chris Negus RH Linux 9 Bible is a GREAT resource. Its a must read. It taught me how to untar stuff and install along with this site. I have found your members to be really helpful and now I have my RH 9 distro running like a champ.

Thanks Everyone.
Old 03-27-2004, 10:20 PM   #6
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...Ok, looks like no one knows about any software for your CD-ROM. Ohwell, thanks anyways though
Old 11-03-2004, 03:12 AM   #7
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spin down speed

Well, maybe there's even a better solution, if you're not too much concerned about power saving... . wouldn't it be better if you can set the spindown speed itself. to let's say 8x or even 16x. Then it doesn't make a lot of noise and in the same amount of time (where you normally get to 24x) you will be able to go to 32x or 40x. I think that's a nice sollution, combining a longer spindown time and a higher spindown speed.

And now where's the answer to your question? well, I'm really sorry but I just have the ID not the sollution.

Wannes Smet


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