That Hateful Cddrive!

Bob McClure Jr robertmcclure at
Thu Jun 9 15:28:59 UTC 2005

On Thu, Jun 09, 2005 at 03:58:37PM +0200, Roberto wrote:
> Hi everybody, I am a Linux user from 2 months, but I am really really
> desperate!
> 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"
> appears.
> 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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Bob McClure, Jr.             Bobcat Open Systems, Inc.
robertmcclure at
God is more interested in our availability than our ability.

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