From: James Cooper (jac1 at domain student.cs.ucc.ie)
Date: Mon 11 Jun 2001 - 14:58:24 IST
I have a shite CD-ROM drive. Buying a new one is not an option as i am
poor and Parthus have decided not to employ me despite being impressed by
my cv, but anyway...
When i access a CD usually the LED on the drive door turns on and stays on
for ages and nothing seems to happen, even when just mounting it. This
hangs the whole system up (a linux scheduler bug???) ctrl+alt+del doesn't
work nor ctrl+alt+bksp. I have to resort to the reset button which fecks
up ext2 and the other day i had to reinstall everything, which is not fun
as the installation programs are CD based and this too usually stops
half-way through (I starting compiling KDE2.1 on friday and it's still
Is there anyway of killing the access to the CD or giving a timeout to the
driver so that it stops trying to read from the CD after the timeout? I
have cleaned the lens. Any help or a new CD drive would be appreciated.
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