[kwlug-disc] DVD Drive

john at netdirect.ca john at netdirect.ca
Fri Feb 19 11:20:12 EST 2010

kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 02/19/2010 10:15:41 AM:
> How would one start diagnosing a non-detected dvd drive in linux?  My 
> gui doesn't even show that a drive is available. 

Does the BIOS see it? If not, then check cables, power, if PATA, check 
jumper settings, check BIOS settings to enable/disable the port.

lspci can tell you whether the controller is active, although it won't 
tell you which controller, but you would verify the number of controllers. 
use lsusb if the drive is a usb connected drive.

And dmesg, like Khalid recommended.

John Van Ostrand
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