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    Ghost CD

    Hi all,
    I got a problem with my cd reader: there is no CD inside, but there is a CD icon called "Bluebirds" on my desktop, as if it were a CD. I can "eject" it from the contextual menu and the cd case opens and the icon is gone; i close it again and it appears once more. When i introduce a CD, it works well, though, and the icon isn't there, just to reappear when the cd is ejected.
    After a bit of searching:
    Code:
    Blurebirds Drag & Burn is disc writing software. It is included in the drives memory instead of being on a separate disc. Only certain drives have it (refer to the specs).
    [http://lgknowledgebase.com/kb/index....y&EntryID=6271]
    I have a LG cd reader, so that must be it. How do i fix it/get it working all right?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Ghost CD

    Without a real CD inside and the 'ghost' CD icon on the desktop goto terminal and type:

    Code:
    lshal
    Your going to see a bunch of stuff, look for something like this:
    Code:
    udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/volume_label_VMware_Tools'
      block.device = '/dev/sr0'  (string)
      block.is_volume = true  (bool)
      block.major = 11  (0xb)  (int)
      block.minor = 0  (0x0)  (int)
      block.storage_device = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/storage_model_VMware_IDE_CDR10'  (string)
    
    ....
    
      volume.disc.type = 'dvd_rom'  (string)
      volume.label = 'VMware Tools'  (string)
    The "volume.label =" is the name given to the icon you see automounted on your desktop. What I need to know from your comp is what it has for "block.device =" parameter. So with no real cd, does block.device = '/dev/sr0'? When you have a real CD does the ghost CD still appear on desktop? If it is, does the parameter "block.device = '/dev/sr0'" still point to the 'ghost' disc? or does it change?

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    Re: Ghost CD

    Easier yet do:

    Code:
    lshal > ~/Desktop/devicelist.txt
    gedit ~/Desktop/devicelist.txt
    Then search for BlueBirds, that will narrow the search to the right device entry..

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    Re: Ghost CD

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
    
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    
    <device>
    <match key="volume.label" string="Bluebirds">
    <merge key="volume.ignore" type="bool">true</merge>
    </match>
    </device>
    
    </deviceinfo>
    Open gedit, past that code into a new document.
    Save to Desktop as diebluebirds.fdi
    Open Terminal do:

    Code:
    sudo mv ~/Desktop/diebluebirds.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy
    sudo /etc/init.d/hal restart
    You may have to restart machine, I'm not sure what restarting hal will do when its already automounted on your desktop.

    Without more info from you, this will ignore anything with Bluebirds as a volume label. Its case sensitive so make sure it is Bluebirds and not bluebirds. Most likely nothing else will ever have this name, but the best solution would be narrow the filter down with more than just the volume label.

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    Re: Ghost CD

    What I need to know from your comp is what it has for "block.device =" parameter. So with no real cd, does block.device = '/dev/sr0'?
    Yes
    When you have a real CD does the ghost CD still appear on desktop?
    No



    Without more info from you, this will ignore anything with Bluebirds as a volume label. Its case sensitive so make sure it is Bluebirds and not bluebirds. Most likely nothing else will ever have this name, but the best solution would be narrow the filter down with more than just the volume label.
    That means that there is no other way than to explicitly ignore anything called Blubirds?

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    Re: Ghost CD

    No thats not the only way. You could match more than just one property. You would have to post your lshal output with an actual disc in and without for me to see if there is more properties that make the rule more unique.

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    Wink Re: Ghost CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Jebtrix View Post
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
    
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    
    <device>
    <match key="volume.label" string="Bluebirds">
    <merge key="volume.ignore" type="bool">true</merge>
    </match>
    </device>
    
    </deviceinfo>
    Open gedit, past that code into a new document.
    Save to Desktop as diebluebirds.fdi
    Open Terminal do:

    Code:
    sudo mv ~/Desktop/diebluebirds.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy
    sudo /etc/init.d/hal restart
    You may have to restart machine, I'm not sure what restarting hal will do when its already automounted on your desktop.

    Without more info from you, this will ignore anything with Bluebirds as a volume label. Its case sensitive so make sure it is Bluebirds and not bluebirds. Most likely nothing else will ever have this name, but the best solution would be narrow the filter down with more than just the volume label.
    By the way, you could use

    Code:
    sudo service hal restart
    And your patch worked! Both with the service restart, and after rebooting my machine. It's ugly as hell (developer-wise), but at least bluebirds is gone!

    Have fun with the lshal, tho.
    Last edited by caue.rego; August 1st, 2009 at 01:38 AM. Reason: adding info

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    Re: Ghost CD

    Assuming you have the LG GH22NS50, you can remove that stupid Bluebirds thing using the tool here:

    http://www.lge.com/us/support/produc...lCode=GH22NS50

    Also discussed here:

    http://www.msfn.org/board/lg-gh22ns5...l&#entry881021
    Last edited by Krallus; September 4th, 2009 at 06:40 AM.

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