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Linux.com: IDE CD-RW Installation Under Linux

Jan 24, 2001, 21:20 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"I feel quite old now. When I started using recordable CD-ROM drives, they were large external SCSI devices. I remember the pain of wasting ten bucks on CD-R media when the disc failed to write properly."

"Now IDE recordable CD-ROM drives are under $200, with the media costing pennies a piece instead of dollars. Low cost write-once (CD-R) and re-writable (CD-RW) CD-ROM make a great backup media. They're also handy for downloading ISO files of the latest Linux distributions."

"But IDE CD-RW installation under Linux has one pitfall ... the kernel. Since Linux utilities treat all CD-RW drives as SCSI devices, some kernel modification is required to properly utilize IDE CD-RW drives."

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