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Mar
14
comment Why am I unable to mount my cd/dvd drives?
omfg, I found the problem and people are going to hate me for it. My laptop has 3 usb ports. 1 is being used for an external usb harddrive where I have my installation of Ubuntu installed. The other two are connected to a single usb hub which uses a 2nd port for extra power. I had the dvd connected to the usb hub. I removed the hub and connected the dvd drive directly to the laptop and it worked. Apparently, despite using 2 usb ports, the hub wasn't able to provide enough power to the drive while allowing me to operate my mouse and keyboard. SORRY!!!
Mar
14
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Mar
14
comment Why am I unable to mount my cd/dvd drives?
Well, since I confirmed that it wasn't a hardware issue, I was thinking of filing a bug report. Problem is that ubuntu recommends I check to see if my bios is up to date before submitting one. Problem is I don't know how to update my bios from within ubuntu. I'm still unable to access my windows partition due to that bloody "fixed disk" error, which is most probably caused by a faulty chip on the laptop's motherboard. But seeing as how ubuntu can identify the dvd drive, I don't think updating bios will change anything.
Mar
14
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14
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Mar
14
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Mar
14
comment Why am I unable to mount my cd/dvd drives?
Well, no one has even commented. Can someone at least tell me where to find a log file to see if there are any errors? Also, does anyone have this kind of usb optical drive and do they have the same problem or is it unique to me? I.E. is it a bug or malfunctioning hardware?
Mar
12
revised unable to get windows 8 comptuer to boot into live CD ubuntu 12.10
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Mar
12
comment unable to get windows 8 comptuer to boot into live CD ubuntu 12.10
Someone linked some pages on the side here>>>>>>> I think this is what your looking for. askubuntu.com/questions/221835/…
Mar
12
comment unable to get windows 8 comptuer to boot into live CD ubuntu 12.10
omg, this uefi sounds like it should be illegal. I am never upgrading to windows 8, windows xp works just fine in comparison, nothing on the level of ubuntu of course.
Mar
12
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Mar
12
comment unable to get windows 8 comptuer to boot into live CD ubuntu 12.10
Also, I haven't searched for it, but I bet this question has been asked before and I bet it will be deleted...just sayin...
Mar
12
answered unable to get windows 8 comptuer to boot into live CD ubuntu 12.10
Mar
8
comment Why am I unable to mount my cd/dvd drives?
... is loose. rok.my.sox from notebookreview.com solution was to place a small piece of rubber on top of the chip to hold it in place on the motherboard inside the laptop case. While I don't intend to bugger round inside my laptop now, I will eventually and report back whether those were hardware problems. The issue with the external drive, which is the primary topic of this page, still stands unsolved.
Mar
8
comment Why am I unable to mount my cd/dvd drives?
well, it's been a while, there are some views but no comments no answers. I thought I should mention that the theory I'm going on for the malfunctioning internal optical drive is a defect in the manufacturing process. I've read that several people and Acer Aspire 5100 notebooks had opened up their laptops to discover that the cable from the dvd drive to the board has become dislodged. Also discovered that the fixed disk was common place and that the solution was to "push down on the plastic trim beneath the left windows key while booting." Explanation to this technique is that an ATI chip...
Mar
8
comment External Hard Drive is not recognized
^.^ it was coincidence that I ran into the same problem recently. Glad to be of help
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