[NBLUG/talk] playing dvd's in debian stable

Mr. Jan Hearthstone hearthstone11 at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 11 15:31:45 PST 2006

--- Andrew <argonaut at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> Mr. Jan Hearthstone wrote on Mon, 11 Dec 2006
> 05:22:28 -0800
> (PST):
> > I have been trying to play dvd's for about a
> couple of
> > months now. I tried everything I could think of. I
> > installed all kinds of programs that I thought
> would
> > "do the trick".
> > I searched the Internet. Found a lot of stuff,
> some
> > good, some not. None worked.
> > The drive (the only optical drive that I have)
> plays
> > CD's OK.
> > 
> > It seems that the player is installed?:
> > truehome:~# dmesg | grep DVD
> > hdc: PLEXTOR CD-R PX-230A, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
> > truehome:~#
> I just looked up the Plextor PX-230A. Sorry, Jan,
> but what
> you've got there is a CD-RW drive, not a DVD drive.
> It won't
> play DVDs. You'll have to get an actual DVD drive in
> order to be
> able to read DVD disks. The good news is that with
> the Christmas
> sales going on now, you can probably find one fairly
> cheap.
> Install it and you should be able to play DVDs
> immediately.
> (Well, you might have to set a symlink first. *Then*
> you can
> play DVDs.)
> Good luck.
> A.

How very embarasing!
I was sure I was ordering DVD-RW!
Should I get SATA, IDE drive?
Would you know of any Linux compatible sources for DVD

I would also like to appologize for wasting
everybody's time.
I still hope that I could learn :-(

Thanks, sincerely 

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