Linux CD-ROM problems.

Linux CD-ROM problems.

Post by Tim Olmste » Thu, 21 Sep 1995 04:00:00


I'm sure that my biggest problem is that I don't know what I'm doing.
I have the InfoMagic 4 CD set "LINUX Developers Resource". I have the
March 1995 set, and recently got the August 1995 version (though I
haven't tried to do anything with it yet). I am having trouble getting
it it recognise my CD-ROM drive. My hardware is :

486DX/33 W/8MB ram.

Conner 850mb IDE hard drive

SONY CDU-541 CD-ROM drive attacjhed to a Future Domain TMC-1680
controller. The controler has no bot rom, and the CD-ROM drive is the
only thing attached to it.

I have tried to e-mail the guys at infomagic and they have tried to be
helpful, but at the rate of one response a week, I forget everything I
learned between sesions. Their last message said to install a "Q"
kernel. When I do that, it stops talking to the IDE hard drive.

I'm pretty frustrated right now, and would appreciate any help someone
could give me.


Tim Olmstead


Linux CD-ROM problems.

Post by Tim Olmste » Mon, 25 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Please disregard my previous posting. I got it fixed.

MANY MANY thanks to all who replyed!!!

>Tim Olmstead


1. Weird Linux CD-ROM Problem

Ok...this is a fairly strange problem that I don't even know how to
begin fixing.  I have Linux Mandrake 8.0 installed on my Thinkpad
i1400 laptop.  I initially had problem installing off of a CD that a
friend burned for me, but I attributed this to a bad downloaded iso
image and I downloaded the install straight to my hard drive and
installed from the hard drive.  Now, I think that the cd is really not
corrupted and is related to a problem with my cd-rom operating in

Now, after working out most of the kinks in my system, I have really
started to use it.  My first problem relating to the CD drive has to
do with a CD that I had filled with my favorite mp3 songs.  In
windows, this cd always played fine in Winamp and the songs worked
great.  However, I noticed that, in Linux, the majority of the songs
get cut off anywhere from 30% to 90% of the way through.  XMMS just
stops playing.  KDE Media player also stops in the same spot.  I
thought that the songs must have been corrupted when they were burned
onto the cd, but, like I said, they work fine in windows off of the

To try to see if it was a corruption problem, I did a diff on one of
the songs that I had on the cd with an identical song on my hard
drive.  The diff encountered an I/O error when it tried to do the
compare.  I then tried copying the song to the hard drive from the cd,
but the copy stalled at about the same % as the song would stop
playing in XMMS and I got a copy error.  If I copy the song in windows
to the hard drive, then go back into linux and do a diff, the two
songs are identical.

What could be causing this problem???  I'm absolutely clueless as to
how to proceed.  Any help is much appreciated.


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