CD/DVD drive and 3.5 floppy not detected

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Banzai Beagle
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CD/DVD drive and 3.5 floppy not detected

Postby Banzai Beagle » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:27 am

Since I installed Mint 18.1 neither my CD/DVD drive nor my 3.5 floppy drive is detected.

All of the libdvd stuff is installed in the Software Manager.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Re: CD/DVD drive and 3.5 floppy not detected

Postby michael louwe » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:12 am

@ Banzai Beagle, .......

One time, I had a 2005 Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop and the installed LM 17 could not detect the DVD-drive. There was no Linux drivers available at the OEM website, ie only available for Windows. Somehow, I opened up the laptop, unplugged and re-plugged the DVD-drive and it suddenly worked. Please give this method a try.

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Re: CD/DVD drive and 3.5 floppy not detected

Postby richyrich » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:28 am

Please copy, and post here in a reply, the complete output from this terminal command: inxi -dx

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Re: CD/DVD drive and 3.5 floppy not detected

Postby michael louwe » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:24 am

@ Banzai Beagle, .......

Since the devices worked under LM 17.1, you should stick with LM 17.1 which is supported until April 2019, ie do not use LM 18.1.

The problem may lie with a too new Linux kernel not supporting very old hardware, ie new kernels will add support for the latest/new hardware while likely dropping support for very old hardware. Eg only Linux kernel 4.10 or higher has full support for the 7th-gen Intel Kabylake processors.
LM 17.1 = kernel 3.13; LM 18.1 = kernel 4.4; LM 18.2 = kernel 4.8.


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