just got the new pc delivered to my door yesterday, I was excited and I wanted to get it up and running with a fresh linux install on it.

4 hours later, 3 distros (Ubuntu 6.06, Gentoo 2006.1, Debian 3.1) and a FreeBSD trial later, they were all unable to mount the cdrom at install. I looked at the fstab after the failure to mount and nothing was listed besides ram and proc.

It's a new Intel Core 2 Duo paired with a DP96LT Intel board, a standard desktop setup with 2 SATA hard drives and 2 optical DVD and CDRW/DVDRW respectively. I'm not sure if any other information about the setup is pertinent.

Any ideas on how to remedy this would be extremely helpful.
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