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Thread: /dev/cdrom is not a valid block device

  1. #1
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    Jan 2002

    /dev/cdrom is not a valid block device

    I hope its ok to post this here, if not, sorry.
    Here is my problem:

    Just recently installed RH 7 on a P100 to act as a Gateway for my home network
    and as a firewall.

    During the install I managed to enable anonymous ftp.

    I was trying to figure out a way to disable (wu_ftpd) anon login, well, to make a
    long story short I got rooted

    Since I didn't have anything of value on the HD I decided to format and re-install
    just to make sure there wasn't any back-doors left.

    Install went fine and I made sure anon ftp was disabled this time around.

    After I got the machine booted up I decided to install Tripwire from my RH disc

    mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom yeilded-> /dev/cdrom is not a valid block device.
    mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom reports the same error

    dmesg | grep ^hd yeilds:
    <snip hda info>
    hdc: driver not present

    So, my question is this: is there any way at all to correct this w/o having to re-install?
    Thanks in advance.
    \"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.\"
    Dennis Ritchie.

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    Senior Member problemchild's Avatar
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    Jul 2002
    Have you perchance compiled a custom kernel? It sounds an awful lot like you either don't have ATAPI CD-ROM support or you don't have iso9660 file system support in your kernel. Or maybe the module isn't getting loaded properly.
    Do what you want with the girl, but leave me alone!

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