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I know its a stupid question but I'm new to ubuntu. isn't a window supposed to pop up and say cd inserted or something as in windows. I looked up in the file browser but there is nothing related to cd drive. is the problem with my drive ?

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Here is how it looks when you mount cd in ubuntu 12.04. Did you try putting different cd/dvd in your drive?

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The CD should appear under Devices in any Nautilus (file browser) window. If it doesn't, then there are a few possibilities:

  • It could be an audio CD, rather than a data CD. Then you can listen to it or rip it in Rhythmbox, Sound Juicer, or whatever other application you prefer.

  • The CD could have no readable filesystems. This could be due to damage to the CD, or a problem with your CD drive, or a problem with your Ubuntu system. You can troubleshoot this sort of problem by inserting the CD, waiting about 10 seconds, opening a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), and running the command dmesg | tail -20. That shows the last 20 lines of system messages, which may document any problems and/or reveal if the CD is being detected at all.

  • There could be a problem with Nautilus, though this is not very common. You can run mount in a Terminal window to view all mounted devices, and see if the CD is mounted.

  • It could be a blank CD-R (or CD-RW). Typically a blank disc will pop up a message asking you what you want to do, but this behavior can be disabled. If you know it's a blank disc and your intention is to write something to it, then you can burn files (or an .iso image) to it with CD burning software available in Ubuntu, such as Brasero.

You may want to add more information to your question (including the results of running the dmesg and mount commands above). That might make possible an answer more specific to your situation.

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