Same result from cold start.
I really think there is an hardware issue with your DVD unit.
However, assuming I'm wrong and that something is broken at software level in your KDE installation, you could try to boot XFCE-Phoenix, and retry from there.
log in as root
open a terminal and type again
Got the same result there.
So you are
right and something is wrong with the DVD unit.
Would this mean that if I made a CD from an iso downloaded from the PCLinuxOS site and burned to disk.......that I could not install from it? (just trying to understand)
I guess I could still install from the USB? (just trying to understand)
So this is the end of the making of a Remaster thing. And we can go back a few pages and see where we left off.
For those of you who live close by, I am having a GARAGE SALE
today. Special offer on 49 unused DVD-R.