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Author Unable to eject CD after use from freeAXP

Posts: 2
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Joined: 27.10.10
Posted on October 27 2010 02:09
After useing the DVD/CD drive on my notebook from freeAXP the drive is blocked (unable to eject) under SW control or with the eject button on the drive itself.
From the OpenVMS side the CD was dismounted/unload
I had to reboot the notebook to eject the CD

HW: HP Compaq 6730b
SW: Windows Vista Enterprise (32 Bit) SP2
freeAXP: x86 version (Sep 6 2010 13:39:22)
OpenVMS Version installed is 8.4 + latest patches (may not be related)

Known issue?

regards Peter
Author RE: Unable to eject CD after use from freeAXP
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 506
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on October 29 2010 23:24
This seems to be a Windows/hardware related issue. Our test systems will properly eject CD/DVDs most of the time (98%). Every now and again we will see the same behavior you have reported. From the emulator side all of the commands to release the CD drive have been properly issued.
Author RE: Unable to eject CD after use from freeAXP

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Posts: 22
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Joined: 06.04.08
Posted on October 30 2010 23:41
Hello Peter,

In the emulator, we deliberately lock the cd-rom tray so we don't have to check that the same cd-rom is in the drive for every single i/o. The cd-rom tray is automatically unlocked when there have been no i/o's to the cd-rom for three seconds, or when the emulator shuts down.

Sometimes, the unlocking doesn't have the desired effect. To remedy this, a future version of the emulator will have a configuration-file parameter for the physical cd-rom drive to disable tray locking altogether.
Author RE: Unable to eject CD after use from freeAXP

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Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 04 2010 01:54
As a work around:

Put MagicDisk (Free) on the Laptop and configure FreeAXP to use the virtual drive as the CDROM.

You may have to copy the CD-Images to files, but you will not have to be concerned with the drive being locked.
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