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Using a non-ATAPI CDROM

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Hi,

I have a 2x CDROM drive which I would like to use with Linux (Redhat
4.2)

I have little documentation with it, but it appears to be from a
 company called Bluepoint and they call it an ICD-300 (it has a Philips
mechanism, and an Oak Technology interface chip). Bluepoints docs state
that it is a non-ATAPI IDE drive. I have tried searching the web for
info, but have failed completely.

I have used it successfully with Win95, as I have a driver on disk
(which appears to be written by from Oak technology).

Linux however completely fails to detect it as an IDE CDROM (I presume
because it is non-ATAPI).

Is there any hope this can ever work with Linux?? Does anyone else
have a non-ATAPI CDROM ?? Should I just bin it and buy a new one
(I hate doing that!!)

Cheers

Warren
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by:deatsch
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Warren,
Read the Howto's from your Redhat install.  The one you want is CDrom howto.  I'm not sure on the capitilzation though.
Take a look at /usr/src/linux/Documentation/cdrom.
It's possible you will have to recomplie the kernel.
Jim
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cedric earned 100 total points
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Hy,
you have to recompile your kernel for this.
go to your /usr/src/linux and type make menuconfig
go to the CDROM drivers and check all the boxes.
compile and install your new kernel, reboot and watch the messages. Or less /var/log/messages or dmesg. and look for your cdrom beeing recognized. Then uncheck all the other boxes in the kernel configuration (all but your cdrom driver).
And you should be ok.

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