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Old 08-10-2004, 07:38 PM   #1
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Not recognizing CD-Rom Drive?

This is really weird (And annoying). First, I'll say I'm a newbie, so maybe I'm missing the obvious.

But here's what happened: I downloaded Slackware and burned it. My CD-R has been acting funny lately, so the burned copy was corrupt. BUT, before that, I was able to get into setup, it recognized my CD-Rom just fine, and only started having problems during the actual install (corrupt packages).

So, I went and burned it on another computer. Now, whenever I get into setup (Using bare.i, if it matters), it won't recognize my CD-Rom drive when I get to the Source menu. (It recognizes it during the inital booting.).

Could I have gotten two corrupt copies? Would that really cause such problems?

For the record, my drive is a IDE Toshiba DVD-Rom SD-M1212.

Also, I should add that I was able to install Slackware 9.x, Fedora Core 1, SuSE 8.2, and Mandrake 9 just fine with this exact drive.
Old 08-10-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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"Could I have gotten two corrupt copies? Would that really cause such problems?"

One possible cause of your problems could be a dirty mirror in the CD-ROM drive. A dirty mirror doesn't affect the BIOS or Linux querying the drive at boot but it will mess up attempts to read a CD. Very carefully try cleaning the CD-ROM mirror and see if that helps.

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Old 08-23-2004, 04:02 PM   #3
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umm... i have a simular problem, but how do you clean the mirror? take the drive apart? is there a guide for this kind of thing? thanks
Old 08-23-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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There is a way you can force auto-detection of your CD drive. It's in one of the documents on the CD...but I can't remember which. Hence, I will be cliched and tell you to RTFM.


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