[ubuntu-uk] Twin DVD drives not mounting

David Goldsbrough daveg at boavon.plus.com
Sun Sep 20 12:04:27 UTC 2015

About 2 months ago I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a win vista machine that was
lying a little idle.  One reason for this was the large screen attached to
it and my failing eyesight at the time. I now know that was a little futile
of a reason.
My eyesight deteriorated significantly afterwards to the point of having an
op to reattach my retina and I am now on the long recovery path.  I have
been experimenting with all sorts of accessibility aids with little success
and lots of frustration.
I explored  Ubuntu like distros aimed at those with poor eyesight.  It was
then I discovered my previous installation had not recognised my twin DVD
drives as I was unable to burn the ISO image after download.  Early
research suggested an edit to /etc/fstab might cure the problem so i added
two lines. See this:-

# etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
# / was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=76577e65-1d5c-4447-8e5a-df0b3df73d0c /               ext4
errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=76bf638d-db15-4c38-a1ec-659b5b5fd5dd none            swap
sw              0       0
/dev/frw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
/dev/sr1 /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

Now the floppy drive entry is really weird as the system does not have one!
The hard drive is a SATA drive.
If I insert USB stick the system picks it up and I can see files. The DVD
drives work OK in Win Vista . Indeed I can boot from them before GRUB and
the MBR kicks in.
Any help to fix would be most appreciated.
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