Mandrake Linux 9.2 destroys CD-ROM drives

By : |October 27, 2003 0



BANGALORE: The latest Linux distribution of Mandrake has been found to be incompatible with some LG CD-ROM drives. In addition, Mandrake Linux 9.2 destroys them during the installation process. Mandrake has posted a warning on their website.

The company has said that some users, while installing 9.2, get an error message that said “unable to install the base system” with a subsequent reboot revealing that the CD-ROM drive was physically dead.

                                 

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“According to LG Electronics, their ODD (Optical Disc Drive) products do not support Linux nor do they test with Linux. Unfortunately, many Dell computers (possibly others) come with these CD-ROM drives,” the advisory said.


“Currently there is no solution or workaround for this issue; it is still under investigation. Damage occurs even when doing a network install. At this point, please do not install Mandrake Linux 9.2 on any computer containing a LG-based CD-ROM drive or it will damage your CD-ROM drive! We are actively looking for a solution to this problem,” it said.


A list of compatible and non-compatible LG CD-ROM drives can be found here.

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