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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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9.3.4 Post-configuration steps

Kernel support for the CD-writer can be activated during booting by the following:

     # echo ide-scsi >>/etc/modules
     # echo sg       >>/etc/modules
     # cd /dev; ln -sf scd0 cdrom

Manual activation can be done by:

     # modprobe ide-scsi
     # modprobe sg

After reboot, you can check installation by:

     $ dmesg|less
     # apt-get install cdrecord
     # cdrecord -scanbus

[Per Warren Dodge] Sometimes there may be conflicts between ide-scsi and ide-cd if there are both CD-ROM and CD-R/RW on the system. Try adding the following line to your /etc/modutils/aliases, running update-modules, and rebooting.

     pre-install      ide-scsi      modprobe ide-cd

This causes the IDE driver to load before ide-scsi. The IDE driver ide-cd takes control of the ATAPI CD-ROM—anything that it hasn't been told to ignore. That leaves just the ignored devices for ide-scsi to control.

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