>> I am using Mandrake Linux 9.0 on a Dell Latitude C800 which allows one
>> to switch CD/RW, DVD, and floppy drives from the internal bay. I can
>> boot up with the DVD drive installed, then hotswap to the floppy drive
>> and back to DVD which works fine! My question is that if I boot up
>> with the floppy installed, the devices (/dev/cdrom, /dev/dvd, etc.)
>> are not created, so I cant switch from floppy to DVD without
devfs strikes again. On Gentoo, at least, you can manually use mknod in
/dev , and the device nodes you create will persist across power cycles.
This may not be true on Mandrake, but it might be something to try.
Are you using ide-scsi emulation for the DVD/CD?
You said that you have
a CD-RW, so I'd hope so. The thing I'd do would be to unload and reload
sr_mod , scsi_mod , and ide-scsi . That should make everything work
How? Using "rmmod" on any of these yields "Device or resource busy"
(but I have nothing in the drives).
How can one reprobe the IDE-SCSI to look for new devices?