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I have a Dell XPS L501X laptop dual-booting Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" (x64) and Windows 7. It has a TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L633J DVD drive, which generates a lot of vibrations and noise whenever data is being read through it.

While booting into Linux, somehow the DVD drive is pooled/accessed thereby creating a nuisance. Now, I can think of several ways to disable this drive once Linux is booted, but I need some way to disable it during the boot.

Following are the approaches that I have tried (and failed):

  1. hal-disable-pooling: This command stops pooling once Linux is booted.
  2. cdrom.ko: Came across this in many blog posts, but I simply could not find this file at the mentioned location.
  3. BIOS: My laptop's BIOS hasn't got any option to disable the DVD drive.

What else can I do to disable the DVD drive?

I am using Linux Kernel 3.0.0-26-generic. Windows 7 boots just fine.

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