I have a problem with my CD drive, or it's configuration, I have attempted to solve it on my own and failed...

I get a dialog box periodically, (like every few minutes), which says "Can not eject Volume, you are not privileged to eject this device." At the same time, I also get hundreds of the following items in my /var/log/messages file:

Apr 3 06:44:24 strangelove kernel: [43318.463099] hda: status error: status=0x58 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest }
Apr 3 06:44:24 strangelove kernel: [43318.463103] ide: failed opcode was: unknown

If I remove the data connector from the back of my CD drive all is well, and I never see the message via the dialog box, nor get the hundreds of log entries in /var/log/messages... However I also don't have a CD drive...

Is this failed hardware, or a configuration issue on my part? New install of Debian/Gnome, new user to Linux as well.

Any help would be appreciated...


$ groups
adm dialout cdrom floppy audio dip video plugdev fuse lpadmin admin

asked 12 Apr '10, 18:26

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edited 12 Apr '10, 18:34

Can you post the output of groups please. It may be that you need to be added to the correct group.

For reference, mine is scanner dialout cdrom floppy audio video plugdev netdev powerdev


answered 12 Apr '10, 18:27

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What is the result of 'ls -la /media/'? Mine is '$ ls -la /media/ total 20 drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 2010-04-12 08:57 . drwxr-xr-x 21 root root 4096 2010-03-23 19:06 .. lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 2010-03-13 23:49 cdrom -> cdrom0 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-03-13 23:49 cdrom0 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-03-13 23:49 cdrom1 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2010-03-13 23:49 floppy -> floppy0 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-03-13 23:49 floppy0 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 2010-04-12 08:57 .hal-mtab'

(12 Apr '10, 23:24) XavierP

Have you tried to eject the device?

in a terminal window just type eject, the door should open. if it doesn't try sudo eject.

Other interesting thing is that the first message in your log refers to hda That is normally the first hard-drive. The CD-Rom is normally hdb or hdc. have you installed debian or running a live cd? If so, you may not be allowed to eject the system drive.


answered 17 Apr '10, 18:21

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If he has only SATA drives (sda, sdb etc...), and his CD drive is IDE, the CD drive could be hda without problems.

(04 May '10, 19:22) feinom


You need to check the permissions, are you a member of the cd-dvd rom group?


answered 09 May '10, 18:42

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