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.
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...)