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Section - -84- Why doesn't my desktop deal properly with the CD or tape icons?

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Date: 02 Mar 1996 00:00:01 EST

  Install patch 1096. If you still have problems, read on.  Thanks to
  Anne Eagle <annee@milamber.csd.sgi.com> for the following:

  This is a known bug both in 5.2 and 5.3.  Essentially, the desktop
  icons stop responding to insertion/removal of mediad, although the
  media itself is mounted properly and is accessible either from the
  command line or by opening your home directory and then changing to
  /CDROM or /floppy or starting cdman by hand or whatever is
  appropriate for the media.  Double clicking on the icon for the
  peripheral results in a dialog saying that the drive is unloaded,
  which of course it is not.

  Here are a number of workarounds. If the first doesn't work, try the
  second, and so on.  Below, if the command begins with the "%" symbol,
  that command can be executed by any user.  Commands beginning with
  "#" must be executed by root.

  * Restart the File Manager:

	% /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop quit
	% fm -lrb

  * Restart both the File Manager and mediad:

	% /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop quit
        % su -
        # /etc/init.d/mediad stop
        # /etc/init.d/mediad start
        # exit
        % fm -lrb

  * Restart the File Manager, mediad and the objectserver:

	% /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop quit
        % su -
        # /etc/init.d/mediad stop
        # /etc/init.d/cadmin stop
        # /etc/init.d/cadmin start
        # /etc/init.d/mediad start
        # exit
        % fm -lrb

  * See if the icons from the Shared Resources in the upper right hand
    corner of the System Manager are responsive to insertion/removal of
    media.  If so, access the icons from the System Manager.

  * Reboot the system:

	# reboot

  * The media will have to be accessed by hand.  Open a directory
    view either by double-clicking on the home directory icon or
    choosing "Desktop/Home Directory" from the Toolchest.  Then change
    to the appropriate directory for the device.  For instance, the
    floppy or floptical drives are access by default from /floppy and
    the CDROM from /CDROM.

    Find the "cdman" icon via "Find/An Icon" and then double click on
    it to listen to music CD's over the scsi audio port.

  See also the Sep/Oct 1994 Pipeline.

  Greg Morlock <gmorlock@osmre.GOV> fixed his device icons by adding
  entries to the local copy of /etc/passwd for each NIS user, with no
  password and a '+' at the beginning of each userid.

  Alternatively, mediad may never have started; see the next question.

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