Following a hard disc drive crash, I fitted a new HDD (with the help of the forum) and installed Ubuntu V12 – the DVD worked faultlessly.
Now when I come to use the DVD the drawer will not open. When I press the “Open” button, I can see through the drawer gap a light flashing in response. It stops flashing when I press it again.
Searching the web suggested a couple of commands to see if the system recognises the drive, and I attach the results of two terminal commands: grep “CD-ROM” /var/log/dmesg
sudo lshw -C disk
To my untutored eye, all seems well – but the device remains obdurate. Any ideas, anyone?
keith@desktop-1:~$ eject -vT /dev/sr0
eject: device name is /dev/sr0' eject: expanded name is /dev/sr0’
eject: /dev/sr0' is not mounted eject: /dev/sr0’ is not a mount point
eject: `/dev/sr0’ is not a multipartition device
eject: toggling tray
What happens if you turn on your PC and immediately hit and hold the shift key till the GRUB menu is displayed … then whilst at the GRUB menu hit the optical drives eject button ?
(if that doesn’t work … it’s a hardware fault, as the OS isn’t even loaded yet)
Ah, me! More expense. I’ve been thinking about buying a laptop - perhaps this is the time…
Thank you all for trying to help. I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but I’ve learnt many new commands to add to my armoury.
Thanks Mark - they look like a good bet and I’ll order one of those for my immediate need to read some technical manuals just arrived on CD!
In the medium term, though, I am tired of desktops for all sorts of reasons and have enjoyed playing with laptops belonging to friends whom I’ve converted to Ubuntu. I shall need some technical advice on that subject so expect some posts in the near future.
My thanks again, as usual.
I personally would take the DVD drive out of the slot, with it still plugged in, and check to see if it’s opening and closing properly. It might just be there isn’t enough clearence, especially if you can see through the gap! ???
Being brutal by nature, I did so before logging on to the Forum and seeing your suggestion and … found a loose connection!
How embarrassing is that?! :-[
But your time (and that of other contributors) has not been wasted as I’ve learnt several new tricks.
Speaking of disk drives, I have a floppy problem… but that’s another story.
My grateful thanks to to everyone for your combined advice.
Your right! And I try so hard to check thoroughly before troubling the Forum.
But it’s all good learning experience, and I’m grateful for your advice.
But don’t go just yet - I have more questions on other topics!