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Old 05-24-2003, 11:24 PM   #1
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Samsung CD-R/RW

I am trying to get my cdrom to work under slackware 9.0. It installed slackware and it works intermittenly (i.e. rarely). Under dmesg | less it lists it as Samsung CD-R/RW SW-248F, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive. I have tried various different things but I have not been able to find the right combination to get it to work. I am running on a pentium 200 running slackware 9.0 with the bare kernel. I have one hard drive /dev/hda and the cdrom /dev/hdb. It has the /dev/cdrom linked to /dev/scd0 and have tried linking it to /dev/hdb. I have tried including append="hdb=ide-scsi" in lilo.conf. I have been trying to insmod ide-cd and insmod sg. It has ide-scsi built into the kernel from what I read. But it still doen't work. I tried going to samsung site but they have alot information on printing and linux but did not find much info on linux and cdroms. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
Micah J. Kimbrough

P.S. I do not know if this is effecting applix 4.3.2. I posted a question about it because it is not working. I installed it from cdrom.

P.S.S. I used the kernel that booted slackware in setup. I assumed it is bare.
Old 05-25-2003, 09:58 AM   #2
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You should have used the " bare.i " kernel.

When making changes did you remember to rerun lilo ?

Do the acid test, su, # <cdrecord -scanbus >
and then post the results.
Old 05-26-2003, 01:48 PM   #3
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What you should need to do to get your CD/RW working is this:

Add the line


to your lilo.conf file (probably right at the beginning) and run lilo from the command prompt.

If you are using the CD/RW as your main cdrom, you probably want to create a link named cdrom to it. Do this with the command

ln -s /dev/sr0 /dev/cdrom

as root, or add the -f switch to replace an existing link like so

ln -sf /dev/sr0 /dev/cdrom

also as root of course. You can check to see if your drive is recognized correctly by entering

cdrecord -scanbus

at the command prompt as root. Your drive should be listed in the output as a "Removable CD-ROM."


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