> I can't use the CD, ZIP or floppy drives (I've tried both the "windows explorer" in gnome and the "mount" command). I've also tried editing the fstab file, tried several different syntaxes I saw on other machines, without any luck.
For the CD-ROM, make sure /dev/cdrom is pointing to the correct driver. Type
ls -l /dev/cdrom
This shows you where the link is pointing to. It is likely to say something like "scd0", that is, a SCSI CD-ROM. If you have an ATAPI CD-ROM, you need to remove the link and make a new one to the correct device. To find out which device your CD-ROM is, watch the output when Linux boots, or have a look at /var/log/messages. My CD-ROM is /dev/hde. To change the link, use:-
ln -s /dev/hde /dev/cdrom
For the ZIP drive, do the following:
- Find out what device is assigned to the ZIP drive (have a look at /var/log/messages)
(Mine is assigned to /dev/hdf)
- mkdir /mnt/zip
- ln -s /dev/hdf /dev/zip
- Add an entry to fstab with /mnt/zip as the mount-point and /dev/zip as the device. If you
want the user to be able to mount the zip, add 'user' to the list of flags. Use 'vfat' or 'msdos'
as the file system type. (You can't mount MacOS-formatted Zips, afaik!)
- Finally, insert a Zip, THEN type 'mount /dev/zip'
Quote:> Also, I find that the command to shut the system down only works if I'm logged on as root. Is this because linux/unix is designed for workstations and servers that are "never" switched off? Is there some other way of shutting down?
gdm (ie. the graphical login screen) seems to have a bug that can cause logouts and shutdowns to hang. That's why I am doing without any graphical login screen--my Linux boots in runlevel 3, not 5.
But one thing should interest me, too: When I login as user, open an XTerm and write 'reboot', it says: "Must be superuser." So, reboot is found and executed, but reboot itself rejects the request. My Question: Can Linux be configured that even users can reboot (and halt) the machine?