I followed the first answer give by user "dginsd" from here

Discs in DVD Drive not being read

because I couldnt mount a game I had on a DVD disk and thought that ubuntu wasnt seeing my DVDrom drive in general...

turns out that the DVD is just not readable and now everytime I put a cd or DVD on that drive ubuntu looks at it as a music disk.... and I think its because of the commands I entered...

how can I reverse this ?


Not sure if the issue you describe is caused by those entries, but here is how to revert them:

Open a terminal and type the following command:


(best copy the command and paste it into the command line by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+V). You will be asked for your password.

This will open the file /etc/fstab in a text editor.

Be very careful in the editor, you are running it as root

At the end of the file you will find the following lines

#cdrom 0
/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom/ auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0

#cdrom 1
/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom/ auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0

insert a # at the beginning of the two lines starting with /dev/sr0, the save the file.

Explanation of the command line

  • pkexec invokes the commadnd gedit /etc/fstab with root permissions (like sudo would do, but for a GUI-program)
  • env DISPLAY=$DISPLAY XAUTHORITY=$XAUTHORITY send the current values for DISPLAY (usually :0) and XAUTHORITY into the respective Environment variables for pkexec, thus preventing a permission problem because the display to use does not belong to root

    (see How to configure pkexec?)

You should not use sudo to invoke a GUI-program, that might cause the inability to log into your Desktop.

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