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Installation of CDRW under Linux.


I have just purchased an IDE CDRW and I am currently running Mandrake Linux 8.1.  I would like to know how to install the drive so that I could use the drive under linux?  Will I have to install the hardware and then re-install Linux?  Or is there an application that I can run when I install the new device?

Any information would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance

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david_dAuthor Commented:
Also, I have checked that the device is compatible with my distribution.
Hi David
OK, if you had the cdrw in your system at the time of installation, Linux would have configured the drive for you. Unfortunately, you will have to configure manually now.
And furthermore it will require a kernel re-compile ( unless Mandrake was kind enough to compile ide-scsi module for you). I'm not sure if that is the case, but you might want to test it before starting with the laborious task of recompiling the kernel.
You need to add the line
append /dev/hdb ide-scsi

to your /etc/lili.conf file and run lilo from the prompt.
Then reboot and type cdrecord --scanbus to see if it picks up your ide cdrw.
If not, you will need to recompile.
I have all the steps on my website at www.linuxhelp.co.za under the cd0writing link, it should be fairly straight forward to follow, if not, shout and I will try to help.
david_dAuthor Commented:

it worked!

sorry for not getting back sooner.


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