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14. CD-ROM drives

For more information on CD-ROM drives check the CDROM-HOWTO at

14.1 Supported

Common CD-ROM drives

Proprietary CD-ROM drives

14.2 Others

14.3 Notes

All CD-ROM drives should work similarly for reading data. There are various compatibility problems with audio CD playing utilities. (Especially with newer low-end NEC drives.) Some alpha drivers may not have audio support yet.

Early (single speed) NEC CD-ROM drives may have trouble with currently available SCSI controllers.

PhotoCD (XA) is supported. The hpcdtoppm program by Hadmut Danisch converts PhotoCD files to the portable pixmap format. The program can be obtained from or as part of the PBM utilities.

Many CD-Writers are supported by Linux now. For a list of CD-Writers supported check the CD-Writing mini-HOWTO at The X-CD-Roast package for Linux is a graphical front-end for using CD writers. The package can be found at

Also, reading video CD is supported in kernel series 2.1.3x and later. A patch is available for kernel 2.0.30.

Finally, most IDE CD-ROM Changers are supported.

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