Compaq NX9005, LXDE 2012.02 updated, Toshiba CD, kernel 3.2.18 PCLOS2.bfs
Seemingly since the kernel update, certainly not before, the optical drive has stopped automounting. I've read most but by no means all of the links in the Forum and settled for trying Old-Polack's described hints (Bless you, OP), but to no avail.
This is my /etc/fstab currently:
# Entry for /dev/sda1 :
UUID=8e46bbf5-489a-477b-b768-279bbf16a08f / ext4 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0
/dev/sr0 /media/cdrom auto user,iocharset=utf8,ro 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
# Entry for /dev/sda5 :
UUID=8e6a0da3-786b-4a2a-a879-ffe7d7b28dd2 swap swap defaults 0 0
I've tried commenting out /dev/sr0. I've tried the default line form switches and combinations. The only way that I have stumbled on to mount the drive is to open /etc/fstab as root in Leafpad, where-upon an error appears saying that sr0 is already mounted at /media/cdrom. An entry shows in PCManFM at the same moment for the drive and it's accessable. Weird!
Can anyone direct me please toward recovery of automounting this thing? I would settle for guidance on establishing a Taskbar link to force mounting by manual intervention as OP does, but I confess, that is the second-prefered option.
(Edit:) I have made myself a Desktop short-cut that mounts the drive manually. That will do for now.