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Old 11-03-2003, 07:57 PM   #1
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Question installed 9.2, cdrom died, now what to do?


Yesterday I installed 9.2 after reading the note saying "don't install if you have an LG cdrom"....but I have a dell pc so i didn't worry.

The install went fine and the reboot brought up mandrake and everything was sweet.

This morning, boot up only brings the dell splash screen.....

After reading all the posts i guess my cdrom has died, but I am not sure that this is why it won't boot at all.....

I have a dell dimension 4200 with an OEM burner and a second hd that i partitioned and installed 9.2 onto.

Anyone have any suggestions / ideas??


Old 11-03-2003, 09:33 PM   #2
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CD-ROM died

Dear Andrew:

Did you read the page on the LG drives ( A quote from there, "Unfortunately, many Dell computers (possibly others) come with these [LG] CD-ROM drives." Read that page and note that probably the reason why your cd-rom does not work is that the drive misinterpreted FLUSH_CACHE to mean an update to the firmware.

That page also tells about the Nero InfoTool, if you can get back into Windows. If you can't you could try to find out the model through the BIOS. I would then look at the above page to see if your model matches any of the ones mentioned. I would also go to LG ( to see if you can get updated firmware for the drive.


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Old 11-03-2003, 09:42 PM   #3
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Hi David,

Unfortunately I read that page *after* I did the installation

At the moment though I can't even access the bios. I hit the on button and the dell logo pops up, then nothing else happens.

This seems weird because I read another post where the person got back into windows then realised their cd was fried.

I tried pluggin my hd into my old pc, but its win98 and doesn't seem to recognise the file system (i think its ntfs that XP uses).

Ah, it's all good fun...NOT


Old 11-03-2003, 10:34 PM   #4
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Ok, fixed this problem.

Replaced the dead dell cdrom which was an LG GCR8481B, with the super quick 8x from my old pc.

Everything works fine now....just gotta find a linux driver for my modem

Thanks for your help David,



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