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Mitsumi CD-ROM driver.

July 8, 2017
MCD(4) BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual MCD(4)


mcd — Mitsumi CD-ROM driver


device mcd In /boot/device.hints:"isa""0x300""10"


The mcd driver will be removed in FreeBSD 12.0.


The mcd driver provides a data and audio interface to the Mitsumi-brand CD-ROM player. The CD-ROM player must be interfaced to the ISA bus through one of the Mitsumi proprietary con‐ troller boards. The controller boards supported are the LU002S, LU005S, the FX001 and the quite common FX001D. The mcd driver responds to disk-specific ioctl() commands, namely the DIOCGPART command. Other disk-specific ioctl() commands will return an error. The mcd driver also responds to special CD-ROM ioctl() commands. These commands control the CD-ROM player's audio features. The commands are: CDIOCREADSUBCHANNEL get sub-channel information on current status of disc playing CDIOCREADTOCHEADER get table of contents header CDIOCREADTOCENTRYS gets all of the table of contents CDIOCPLAYTRACKS begins audio playing at location specified CDIOCPLAYBLOCKS fails with error EINVAL CDIOCPLAYMSF begins audio playing at location specified CDIOCRESUME resumes playing a previously paused disc CDIOCPAUSE pauses a playing disc CDIOCSTART begins playing a disc CDIOCSTOP stops a previously playing disc CDIOCEJECT opens the disc tray (there is no support for a corresponding un- eject command). CDIOCRESET stops any play and resets the Mitsumi controller board CDIOCSETDEBUG cause the kernel to print debug messages to the console about the mcd driver CDIOCCLRDEBUG cause the kernel to quit printing debug messages about the mcd driver The ioctl() commands defined above are the only ones that the mcd driver supports. There are other CD-ROM related ioctl() commands (such as CDIOCSETVOL and CDIOCSETSTERIO) which are available and may be supported by future versions of the driver.


/dev/(r)mcd0a accesses BSD partition on the disc. Normally, there is only one file system on a CD-ROM disc. /dev/(r)mcd0c accesses raw device.


The character-mode devices for the mcd driver should only be used for accessing the audio features of the CD-ROM player as the performance on data is abysmal. The current version of the driver uses neither the DMA or IRQ features of the interface board, although it has an interrupt handler for any IRQ requests that are generated. Until the DMA features are supported, the only interrupts that the board generates are those that are not supported by the driver anyway.




An mcd driver appeared in FreeBSD 1.0.


The driver was written by Holger Veit (data part) and Brian Moore (audio part). Changes were provided by Gary Clark II, Andrew A. Chernov, and Jordan K. Hubbard.
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