I spent the last two weeks hunting a phantom - as it seems.
If I do some ide_info /dev/? (Linux)
it returns an MODEL String - most certainly served by the device itself. (PnP identification)
Is there a model.list somewhere containing the known devices as IDE/CD-ROM DVD-R etc.?
If yes I would be able to compare the strings and identify the DVD-RW in a generic manner.
I do really require this Listing and won't see any other chance to automate this process without user interaction: (hda=ide-scsi) as bootparameter