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I have been struggling for days to find a solution as to why I cannot play DVDs on my new laptop, the ASUS U46E BAL7. I have libdvdcss2 installed, and ...
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    Replacing Matshita DVD drive in my Laptop


    I have been struggling for days to find a solution as to why I cannot play DVDs on my new laptop, the ASUS U46E BAL7. I have libdvdcss2 installed, and still VLC and other programs can't decode the DVDs I put in this player.

    *Then* I find out how bad of a company Matshita actually is, and that they borderline break their drives to make them impossible to use on Linux. I have even tried booting into Windows to do a firmware swap with some tool that is supposed to fix Matshita drives, all to no level of success.

    So I was wondering how easy this drive would be to replace. I have never replaced a DVD drive in a laptop before, I wouldn't know what to look for as far as form factor goes, or anything, and if I'd have to reinstall Linux to get it to recognize the new drive.

    Stuff:
    Linux Mint KDE 64
    Laptop: Asus U46E BAL7
    Drive: MATSHITADVD-RAM UJ8A2ASW

    Thank you ever so much for answering. Linux forums in general are getting really bad about answering peoples' questions these days. In 2005 I *never* had a question overlooked in a forum; these days it seems I never get an answer from anywhere.

    (edit: ^ NOT a comment about linuxforums.org! A comment on... The KDE forums, the Linux Mint forums, the VLC forums...)

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    I don't know if Mint has libdvdread available for playing encrypted dvds and libdvdnav also which is a requirement for playing encrypted dvds also.

    You might try searching for and installing those also before replacing the drive.

    I run Antix which is Debian testing based.

    Debian Package Tracking System - libdvdnav

    Debian Package Tracking System - libdvdread

    Code:
    harry@biker:~$ apt-cache policy libdvdread4
    libdvdread4:
      Installed: 4.2.0-1
      Candidate: 4.2.0-1
      Version table:
     *** 4.2.0-1 0
            500 http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ testing/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    harry@biker:~$ apt-cache policy libdvdnav4
    libdvdnav4:
      Installed: 4.2.0-1
      Candidate: 4.2.0-1
      Version table:
     *** 4.2.0-1 0
            500 http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ testing/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    harry@biker:~$ apt-cache policy libdvdcss2
    libdvdcss2:
      Installed: 1.2.12-0.0
      Candidate: 1.2.12-0.0
      Version table:
     *** 1.2.12-0.0 0
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    I play encrypted dvds ok with those packages installed on a

    Code:
    "HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H21N"
    I used hwinfo in terminal to get the model number of my dvdrw by the way in case you wish to post the Mashita dvdrw model number without physically pulling it from the laptop.
    Last edited by rokytnji; 04-11-2012 at 07:38 AM. Reason: Maybe need more info
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    If Roky's suggestions don't work, then replace the drive. New DVD drives are very cheap these days.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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