Installing a Sony CRX195A1 CDRW Drive in Red Hat 7.3
Let's suppose you had a different combination of drives. In a system with two hard drives (/dev/hda and /dev/hdb) and a CD-ROM on /dev/hdc you would add the CD writer to /dev/hdd. Further, let's suppose that you didn't need or want to do disk-to-disk copies. After physically connecting the drive and powering up, you would first add the line append="hdd=ide-scsi" to lilo.conf and then add the line ignore="hdd" to /etc/modules.conf. Reboot once more and voilà--a working CD writer.
It should be noted that you can enable IDE-SCSI emulation on any combination of drives you wish. They needn't be contiguous in the drive chain, nor do you need to enable IDE-SCSI for all the drives on an IDE channel--you may do so selectively. That is, you can enable IDE-SCSI emulation for /dev/hdd but not /dev/hdc, as in the example above. Also, you only have to enable IDE-SCSI on optical drives other than your CD writer if you wish xcdroadst/cdrecord to see them and be able to do disk-to-disk copies.
Writing Speed: 40xRewriting Speed: 12xRead Speed: 48xRandom Access Time: 150msBuffer Memory: 2MBBuffer Underrun Technology: YES!Write modes: Disc At Once, Track At Once, Session At Once, Packet WritingSupported Disc Formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM (XA) Video CD, Photo CD (multi-session) CD Text, CD Extra
System Requirements (from box)
Pentium II 400MHz or faster
64MB RAM and 1 GB HD space
System as Tested
Pentium III 1000MHz
Red Hat Linux 7.3 with default 2.4.18-3 kernel
cdrecord version 1.10-11 (provided by Red Hat)
xcdroast version .98-a9-8 (provided by Red Hat)
The drive was cheap ($89.99), and the $20 mail-in rebate really was what made me decide on this model. I tested writing at speeds up to 32x (the version of xcdroast that I have only goes up to 32x), and I was impressed with the overall writing speed of the drive. In the ISO burning test, I burned the Gentoo live CD ISO image (approximately 230MB) in 66 seconds! The Sony name made me feel comfortable, as I have had various other Sony optical drives in the past with uniformly good results. cdrecord did use the burnproof capabilities of the drive, which was another plus.
The bad part is no Linux support. The complete lack of help from live support was disappointing, and the drive came with no extras or frills. For instance, there were no blank disks of any sort included in the box. The manuals and quick-start guides were disappointing and next to useless even for a Windows installation. I would not recommend this drive for an inexperienced Windows user, but for a Linux user who had read all the HOWTOs and FAQs, it should be no problem at all.
The FAQs and HOWTOs I read were distribution-neutral, and the steps contained therein should work equally well for any modern distro.
Various IRC Users in #cofr on gamesnet.net
Add append="hdX=ide-scsi" to lilo.conf or grub.conf, where X is the letter of the CD writer. Remember to add in any additional optical drives if you wish to do CD-to-CD copying, for example, append="hdb=ide-scsi hdc=ide-scsi".
Modify /etc/modules.conf to include the line options ide-cd ignore="hdX", where X is the letter(s) of the drive(s) you are using.
default=0 timeout=10 splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3) root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hde3 vga=792 append="hdb=ide-scsi hdc=ide-scsi" initrd /initrd-2.4.18-3.img
alias parport_lowlevel parport_pc alias sound-slot-0 emu10k1 post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || : pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || : alias usb-controller usb-uhci alias eth0 3c59x alias char-major-195 NVdriver options ide-cd ignore="hdb hdc"
Please note that the author assumes no responsibility for any losses, damages or incidents caused by utilizing the information herein. This information is provided as is with no guarantees about its viability or accuracy in any system other than the author's own. Use this information at your own risk.
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