CD ROM Support For Older Panasonic CD-ROM Drives

CD ROM Support For Older Panasonic CD-ROM Drives

Post by Andrew Sherro » Tue, 11 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I have a problem with my FreeBSD installation.

I have an older Panasonic Drive connected to a Sound16A sound card
(Standard Packard Bell 486 SX Legend set-up). I cannot get FreeBSD 2.2.6
to recognize the drive.  Red Hat Linux accepted it as a standard
Panasonic drive, but FreeBSD tells me there are no CD drives present.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


Andrew Sherrod


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