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Thanks for your last response.  It looks like I will have to build a new kernel.  The character devices listed in additon to the list you provided were 10 - misc, and under block devices, 1 - ramdisk, 2 - fd, 3 - ideo and 9 - md.  15cdu31a was not listed.  When I entered "insmod cdu31a" the response was  "init of cdu31a failed."

It looks like I need to build a new kernel.  I would also like to includ my Sound Blaster Pro.  

I tried to use the kernel manager from the Metro-x control pannel, but it did not seem to work.

I would appriciate your help in this matter.  Thanks
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Well, for kernel compile. You have to log in as root and cd to /usr/src/linux (if you have the kernel source that is, most distribution has them so don't worry)

then you type : make config (there is nicer tool than this but..)

I won't go thru all the questions with you as i don't want to write a book and i want you to keep your sanity. I'll just list the pitfall and what concern us.

Most of the default should be ok to get you started. The thing you have to watch is for support for non-SCSI/IDE/ATAPI CDROM say yes there. Say N to all the choice of cdrom until you hit Sony CDU31A/CDU33A CDROM and say yes there.

After this go with the default until you hit sound card support: say yes.
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say yes to sounblaster, to /dev/dsp and /dev/audio support and MIDI support for the soundblaster (I don't have one so...)

keep going to the end.

type : make dep ; make clean
wait.
When it's done type: Make zImage
wait more. go get a coffee.

If there is no error, we have succesfully compiled the kernel. *cheers*

I assume that you are using lilo

We add a stanza to /etc/lilo.conf so that if the kernel is wrongm we have an exit by booting the old one. We just have to type test at the lilo prompt.

# Linux Test
image = /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage
  root = /dev/hda4
  label = Test
# ends of Test


For more info about the kernel, cdrom and the sound i suggest you take a look at the kernel HOWTO, the CDROM HOWTo and the Sound HOWTO. That are availaibe at http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX-3.html#ss3.1

I EXTREMELY suggest you read these before compiling the kernel.

Regards
Eric

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