[wellylug] LiveCD boot problem after changing DVD drive

Hong Chyr hongchyr at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jan 2 20:59:23 NZDT 2008

Hi all 
Happy New Year! 
I'm facing a strange problem. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, which  was booting a few LiveCD without problems. The LiveCD's are: 
1. Gentoo 2006.0 
2. TRK 3.1 
3. Knoppix 5 
A few weeks ago, I was having problems with the laptop's built-in DVD  writer and Dell came to replace the driver unit. Ever since then, when I  tried to boot the LiveCD, it always fail. The error is consistent:  "attempting to mount cdrom:- /dev/sda ..." and it will just freeze with  a kernel panic, since the LiveCD can't mount the CD contents and chroot  to the CD file system. 
The only exception is the Ubuntu 7.10 LiveCD, which seem to boot OK, and  I can even do a successful installation from that CD. 
Just to curiosity's sake, I tried to boot the LiveCD on another PC and  it seem to boot fine. Also tried to boot the LiveCD from the laptop, but  within VMware Server, the same error came up. I would have thought that  VMware will create an abstraction layer to virtualize the DVD drive and  avoid that problem. 
So, can it be concluded that the new DVD drive is giving problems? But  what could be different about a DVD drive that cause such a problem? 
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