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Hardware Configuration

How do I get my second CD ROM to work? by AP81
Posted: 24 Apr 03

I am always asked this question, and it often seems to trip up new users to Linux.

Linux allocates devices like this:

hda: Primary Master HDD
hdb: Primary Slave HDD
hdc: Secondary Master
hdd: Secondary Slave

In your /etc/fstab, you will have a line looking like this:

/dev/cdrom   /mnt/cdrom     iso9660       ro,noauto 0 0

To add a second drive, just copy your current entry for your CD ROM and modify it, eg:

/dev/hdd    /mnt/cdrom2     iso9660       ro,noauto 0 0

So now you fstab will look something like this:

/dev/cdrom   /mnt/cdrom     iso9660       ro,noauto 0 0
/dev/hdd    /mnt/cdrom2     iso9660       ro,noauto 0 0

Done...your second CD drive will now work.

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