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> Subject: Panasonic 563x CD-ROM won't mount
> Date: 22 Jan 1995 07:48:25 GMT
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> I can't get my Panasonic 563x CD-ROM to mount. I've read the
> README.sbpcd file and done done everything it tells me to, and it
> doesn't seem to work. I'm using the 1.1.79 kernel, recently ugraded from
> 1.1.59 (it didn't work there either). Any help would be appreciated.
> It's running off of a SoundBlaster sound card, and all came packed in
> a Reveal kit.
We probably need more info than this to debug the problem. E.g. what do
"doesn't seem to work" and "won't mount" mean? Here are some possible
- Do a lot of SBPCD messages print at boot time while linux tries try
to identify the CD-ROM drive, but it's never found and announced as
a CD-ROM drive? If you don't see these messages, you don't have
SBPCD configured into your kernel (I think it's CONFIG_SBPCD); you
need to reconfigure and rebuild your kernel. (Make sure you actually
are running the new kernel after you compile it! Often people build
a new kernel but then fail to move it to / and install it using lilo.)
- Do the SBPCD boot messages print but the unit is never found? If so,
it could be an IRQ conflict, resolved in the usual was (try changing
IRQs or removing devices to eliminate the IRQ conflict). It also can
to change sbpcd.h in the linux/include subdir of your kernel source tree
to specify the I/O address at which your SBPCD is located (e.g. I think
I have one at x0300, identified as a "Lasermate", on one PC). This
tells the driver where to look for the unit, avoid unnecessary probing
into other devices' address spaces,. which can cause lockups during boot.
- Does Linux find the drive at boot time, but then you can't mount it using
the "mount" command? This suggests that either you're using the wrong
argument to "mount" or that you don't have the right devices defined in
/dev or a proper mount point to attach it to. Take a look: you should find
/dev/sbpcd and /dev/sbpcd0 in /dev, I believe, and you should have some
defined mount point to mount the device to (say, /mnt/sbpcd -- ensure this
exists). Then your mount command (presumably also reflected in /etc/fstab)
should be something like "mount /dev/sbpcd0 /mnt/sbpcd".
One warning: once you do get it working, the current driver has a tendency to
eject at shutdown time, i.e. the tray comes shooting out when you reboot.