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Hi all, I'm a newbie at mandrake - and linux in general - so please bear with me if this is somewhat trite. I have a 10.1 box which originally ...
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    Retrofitting a DVD drive


    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie at mandrake - and linux in general - so please bear with me if this is somewhat trite.

    I have a 10.1 box which originally had a CD drive. Recently, I upgraded and installed a DVD drive (NEC 3520A) but I cannot view any DVD's with it...!

    I have installed mplayer 1.0pre6 but I'm unable to get it to recognize any movie DVD I insert (I can see that the files are there but I cannot play them; i.e. the drive works O.K.). I thought that there should be a /dev/dvd but there is none (should there be...?).

    Could anybody please babywalk me through what is necessary to get moviewatching going?


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    Cheers,


    -Morten

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    Hi not sure what your fstab file contains. Open a command shell and type 'cat /etc/fstab' to view the contents. If your system recognises your dvd drive as hdc (as does mine) then the line:

    /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0

    might be useful. Assuming you have a directory called /mnt/cdrom of course.

    I would make a link between /dev/hdc and /mnt/cdrom ... eg.,

    ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/cdrom

    I'd check my own files, but currently using Win XP

    IMHO mplayer isn't a good choice for a newbie. It does have it's own onboard decoder, but I use Xine or Kaffeine (very very similar for good reasons) with no trouble at all. For those you also need to install libdvdread and libdvdcss. Visit the Ogle site too http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/downloads.shtml
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    Hi,

    My /etc/fstab is OK.
    Tried to start Kaffeine but it told me that there was no /dev/dvd. So, I linked /dev/hdc to /dev/dvd - and then Kaffeine told me I probably did not have sufficient rights, it could not read file...
    Not sure about this, guess I'm going to wipe the disc and reinstalll Seems to be the way to go with Linux.


    Cheers,


    -Morten

    Quote Originally Posted by fingal
    Hi not sure what your fstab file contains. Open a command shell and type 'cat /etc/fstab' to view the contents. If your system recognises your dvd drive as hdc (as does mine) then the line:

    /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0

    might be useful. Assuming you have a directory called /mnt/cdrom of course.

    I would make a link between /dev/hdc and /mnt/cdrom ... eg.,

    ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/cdrom

    I'd check my own files, but currently using Win XP

    IMHO mplayer isn't a good choice for a newbie. It does have it's own onboard decoder, but I use Xine or Kaffeine (very very similar for good reasons) with no trouble at all. For those you also need to install libdvdread and libdvdcss. Visit the Ogle site too http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/downloads.shtml

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