That Hateful Cddrive!

Roberto robgenna at
Thu Jun 9 13:58:37 UTC 2005

Hi everybody, I am a Linux user from 2 months, but I am really really

In fact I have a problem with my cd-dvd drive. The problem is that if I
write a cd iso with the drive, I am not able to use that cd with Linux! I
tried to burn it with Windows and Nero, and then with Linux, but both the
cds I got don't work with Linux and are perfect with Windows!

I discovered this while I first tried to install RedHat Linux with the
cdroms I created with the images downloaded from RedHat Network. Even during
the installation only the first cd didn't give me problems, but everytime I
needed to change it in order to go on with installation, the cdreader did
always the same: while it tries to read the cd I hear sounds like
"woooooom", as it reads the cd at the maximum speed, and then I hear a big
"toc", as it stops reading, and then a message "no media in the drive"

I had the same problem while I tried to install the Mandriva LE distro with
the 3 cds I burned in Windows. 

But the strange thing is that all the cds are perfectly readable with
Windows XP! So I cannot think that the drive is damaged, but there must be
something to configure in Linux, even during the installation.

But what is it?! I tried to disable DMA but nothing changes.... so now I
really do not know what to do. 

I have to say that I can use anyother cd/dvd, that I haven't burnt by
myself, with Linux.

My PC is a Dell laptop Inspiron 8600c, with a NEC Cd, DVD+RW.

I really hope that somebody can finally help me.

Thank You All very much!


Roberto, Italy

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