Ubuntu :: External Optical Drive Icon Disappears When Inserting Disk?
Jan 31, 2011
I have an external CD/DVD usb drive and as soon as I insert a disk (I've tried both CD and DVD), the drive icon disappears (unmounts?).I thought it was a bus power issue because it is a mini laptop (Asus Eee PC). This small/slim external drive has two USB cables, one for power and one for power/data. So, I plugged the power cable into my nearby Windows desktop computer and just the power/data into the Ubuntu PC.
Sorry if this question might sound stupid I'm a complete noob here. I bought an ASUS EEE PC 901 second hand and had reformatted the hard disk with a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.10 netbook remix. formatted the 2 drives as follows : 4 gb hard disk space ext4 , and 8 GB hard disk space ext4 This was after countless problems with Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop edition previously not being able to connect to the internet via my home wifi router. I took the advice on this forum somewhere, someone said 10.10 NBR will not have issues with wifi connectivity. Tried it and it worked. On my current Ubuntu NBR 10.10 installation, absolutely no wifi connectivity problems whatsoever.
Now my brand new MyLink portable USB Optical Drive which plays DVDs and CDs has arrived in the post. I open it, plug it into my ASUS eee pc 901. And nothing happened. I am used to using Windows and its Plug and Play function. Now for the life of me, this just doesn't happen in Ubuntu right now. The computer does recognise the drive though. Under Applications > Disk Utility I can see the optical drive right there and there's an option to use Brasero to copy and burn DVDs. However no option to play. I tried using the Movieplayer that comes installed with this Ubuntu version to play the DVD I'd insertedd into the drive, but on clicking "Add file" to try and search where on the system the DVD file is located, nothing turns up. All I can see are my home directory and the files on my hard drive.
The external optical drive came with a CD with the drivers on the CD, meant to be installed I think. But I have absolutely no idea how to install it on Ubuntu. Or if I need to install it.Can anybody help me out please? I'm starting to think maybe I should have just stuck to the Windows XP that came with this netbook. I would prefer to stick with Ubuntu though as its supposedly faster than Windows...
I'm trying to backup netbook files to an external optical drive. I can read discs but not write. A while back I tried using K3b but it did not see the external drive. Now it does, but tells me write access is needed and quits. I am in the cdrom group.
I just bought an external USB DVD (ASUS SDRW-08D15-U) to use on a Kubuntu-based LinuxMCE system. The idea is to set up the computer in the basement and to retain the ability to play DVDs on the 2nd floor home theater. Unfortunately the DVD would not play movies, music, or show files when connected to the Kubuntu/LinuxMCE machine. I tested the drive on my windows laptop and it worked fine. Then I connected it to my Ubuntu desktop machine and got the same behavior as on the MCE machine.
This leads me to believe that my hardware is functioning fine, but I have an Ubuntu/Kubuntu issue. I figure if I can get the drive to work on my Ubuntu desktop, then I can apply the fix to my MCE machine. I opened the Palimpsest Disk Utility (System>Administration>Disk Utility) and saw my internal DVD listed (ASUS DRW-1612BL). When I hot-plugged the external DVD it appeared underneath the internal drive. But here is the strange part - when I insert any type of media into the external drive it Vanishes from the list, accompanied by a repetitive pattern of clicking and whirring noises. Very mysterious.
I'm trying to figure this one out, don't know why, but when I try to use my Asus USB DVD-Writer, to read DVD's, it will start to read the DVD, then all of a sudden just disappear as it was unplugged. I've tried different USB ports and same result, tried it on another computer and it works fine. Tried also install that USB-MODESWITCH and it appeared to helped, but have now returned to it's usual self
I want to install Ubuntu onto a partition on my external hard drive, but my CD burner is broken so I can't just boot up with a live CD and do it that way. So can I install Ubuntu onto my external hard drive with the Startup Disk Creator that comes installed on Ubuntu? And if not is there another way I can do this?
I have got a hold of a extra hdd along with a hdd enclosure. I have tried looking for information on how to install linux on to one but haven't been completely successful on my search. So I turn to all of you. I was also wondering if its possible to have it were I can use it on multiple computers so I can use it for computer repair.
Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit. I tried 11.04 and did not care for it. I like to keep icons to start the browser, terminal, and gedit, on the panel. Up until recently, that has not been a problem. The browser and terminal icons work. But, the gedit icon goes away when I shut down my system, and bring it back up. The icon will stay in the panel for as long as I'm using my system, but once I shut it down, it's gone.
Im using it in an attempt to backup all of the files off of my dead Windows xp Computer. Right now I am using the 9.10 live disk of Ubuntu and cannot get the program to recognize what kind of file system my internal hard drive is using. (A western digital 320 GB hard drive with partition 1 in NTFS and part2 in FAT32) I would like to be able to back up this drive onto my 1 TB Western Digital external hard drive that is also in ntfs.
Now here comes the wierd part, it won't read or recognize my interal and external hard drives that run those file systems but it will recognize and allow me to read, edit, and access all of the ntfs hard drives on my home network. I did some lurking and tried a tutorial for creating a mount point and on how to force mount a disk, but neither of my disks would show up in Places/Computer. So then I checked the /etc/fstab file and is says,
Which I think means that it says I have no hard drives installed or connected to the computer. Yet when I go into Disk Utility it tells me the disk is there and asks if I want to format the disk into ntfs...
I am using kubuntu 10.04. The printer icon will appear and disappear went into /ect/cups/printers.conf and JobSheets none none is there turned cups on and off uninstalled and reinstalled cups. I am using a hp deskjet 1000 series j110a.
a friend of mine just given me an old 2004 IBM NetVista 8305 desktop and suggested to use Linux Ubuntu which is something new to me. So i installed it via USB memory stick & it works. After installation of the OS I am impressed with functionality & speed. when i conect the external hard drive via usb it doesn't show & i tried my usb flash disc it showed the same problem. I tried both disk in my laptop (Windows XP) & it works.
I generally use Nero Linux for my optical disk authorization needs. But after installing Fedora I've noticed that Nero is not writing data in disks. It tried to make an .nrg image of the data in my hard disk. Then I tried k3b but seeing this error message:
MP3 Audio Decoder plugin not found. K3b could not load or find the MP3 decoder plugin. This means that you will not be able to create Audio CDs from MP3 files. Many Linux distributions do not include MP3 support for legal reasons.
Solution: To enable MP3 support, please install the MAD MP3 decoding library as well as the K3b MAD MP3 decoder plugin (the latter may already be installed but not functional due to the missing libmad). Some distributions allow installation of MP3 support via an online update tool. Installed libmad without success........
I need information about the capabilities and state of the disk...specifically, if it's rewritable (capability) and if it's currently blank (state). Currently, I'm using the output of hal-device to give me that information. The problem is, hald doesn't update the information in response to a burn event... this is a problem, because if a burn a blank disc, hal-device still lists it as blank...and if I blank a disk, hal still lists it as non-blank.
Is there a method to force HAL to update a device, or is there a way to query the disk/drive directly to find out if the disk is blank and rewritable? Or even a method to determine if a disk is blank or not? Additionally, this is for a CD-burning application... so I'm intentionally trying to avoid anything hacky like ejecting the CD and reinserting it... anything of that nature.
Is there any dvd drive with longevity? The boxes in this "normal" house have had 100% failures on dvd writers and readers in recent years. I'm an electronics guy and know why this happens - minute changes in the careful balance on the reading head, not helped by the facts that:
1. low grade adjustable resistors are often used
2. The range of adjustment is far too great, making it impossible to retain a stable preset value.
3. Optical diodes lose forward voltage drop over time. If they start at, e.g. 1.2V after some months or years the forward voltage will be down to 1.0V. This changes the current, hence the brightness.
I had this corrupted external hdd and so I formatted the main partition on it on windows but messed up in the formatting and ended up having to format the entire thing. I got some weird message about it not being initialized (no not mounted) so I was in compmgmt.msc in windows and right clicked it in device manager and it asked for master boot or GUID I selected the latter and formatted. Worked fine and all for a bit but now it doesn't show up as a drive. I noticed when using compmgmt.msc it showed up that it had installed driver software and was being recognized but in the partition editing area there was nothing on this drive, reinstalling driver software doesn't seem to help. Also GParted wont load up when I have it plugged in and Disk Utility doesn't show it. I am requesting help to fix this problem within Ubuntu 10.10 somehow so I can use it properly.
I have only been using Ubuntu since shortly after Lucid was released. I am a new convert and use it to run a back-up device / media server I have a total of 5 hard drives in the device. I have the Lucid system files written to /dev/sde. I am running a Raid 1 array with mdadm on /dev/sdc and /dev/sdd. I have been prepping to run a second raid 1 array with /dev/sdb and /dev/sda with the ext4 file system. I formatted /dev/sda to have a full partition of /dev/ sda1. I then went to do the same to /dev/sdb and the drive was missing from both gparted and the native disk utility. My array with sdc and sdd is still running with both drives working fine.I swapped the sata cable from sda and sdb with no change. The system will not recognize sdb no matter what I do but it does skip /dev/sdb in boot up which tells me it does see it.I have provide the output of the commands df, fdisk -l, and cat /proc/mdstat.
So if I boot without a DVD or CD in my optical drive, then I attempt to put one it, it doesn't mount. I try mounting with the terminal and that fails as well. If I boot with the media in the optical drive, it works fine. (this problem occurs both on my desktop and laptop and I know the DVD and CD's work in both 9.10 and in windows, This error also occurs with Linux Mint and Sabayon leading me to believe this is a kernel issue).
What do I need to do to get this to work like it should? I have been asking about this since the beta of 10.04
I have this rather old Compaq Presario 2184 (Celeron processor), with a completely busted optical drive - which means I cant boot from Live CD, and it doesn't boot from USB, either... which means I cant use a live memory stick, either. It's currently running Xubuntu 9.04.
I'm seriously running short of space on my root partition - can't upgrade to 9.10...
I had a Windoze partiion that I decided to remove, using Gparted. Identified the NTFS partition, right click, delete. After that, I couldn't do anything else... I then found this page, that told me that I cant resize all partitions while booting from hard drive, and that I needed a Live CD. For the reasons mentioned above, that's just not possible...
Are there any alternatives that the good folks here can suggest? For example, can I create a new partition, and move my entire /usr there? It would solve the space problem, but I'm not confident of doing it without screwing up something... could someone kindly guide me through the process?
I am trying to access a Magneto Optical disk written under OS/2 hpfs filesystem. I cannot locate a dang thing about support of CentOS for OS/2. I found a module for Linux OS/2 support that dated back to 1993, have no idea how to compile it, used alien to create an RPM package, said compiled succesfully, still can't mount the drive (/dev/sdb) with filesystem type -t hpfs. Can anyone out there help me, or does CentOS just not do this?
I have a pc with linux mint installed, and wanted to try edubuntu with my kids. The first time we tried, it booted just fine from the dvd, as the bios is already set to boot from dvd as priority. So it ran off of RAM.
Subsequent tries however, result in the pc booting mint from the hdd, and no sign of edubuntu at all. I have tried different distros/isos, but to no avail. I have also opened the box to see if the dvd drive had somehow come unplugged.
My cdrom was sort of working, but the tray was physically damaged. The usb was working without a problem.
After replacing the the cdrom drive with a similar model known to work well I could not get it to mount. I then tried to move important files to usb to try a fresh install. The usb stick flickered when I put it in, but it didn't mount. Same behaviour as the cdrom, the light goes on when I turn on the computer, but once I'm logged in I can't access the cdrom.
I have tried multiple variations of playing with fstab and trying to mount things in terminal to no avail. I just can't get Ubuntu to recognize the usb or cdrom even though their lights go on when I first try to use them.