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I installed Redhat 9.0 on my Toshiba Laptop, only about a year old. Before I installed Linux, my DVD played fine. I installed MPlayer and Ogle on the laptop along with all of the dependencies. I actually had it playing for about 45 seconds before the movie just stopped. I was so excited that I really got it to work!!!
So after not being able to make it work in Linux, ( My wife and I like the DVD player on the laptop when we travel ) I had to re-install WindozeXP from the restore disk that come with the laptop.
I have used the restore disk before to give myself a clean install of Windoze, and the DVD still worked.
My question is;
Could I have done something while in Linux, broke the drive?
I have restored it with the restore disk and am going to bring it to the service center.
I am wondering if I try to get it working in Linux again, will it smoke that drive? Or is this just a fluke?
Oh Please! Winblows does more damage to your drives than Linux will ever do. However, DVD players come in three different formats and I do not which format your player is. But if it is still working under Winblows, then it will work under Linux. You may have to try a couple of different Mpeg players to find one that will work for you.
So, load that laptop with Red Hat and have fun learning what computers and you can do!
Fluke as far as I know. One thing you will notice when running Linux is that when a disc in in your CD/DVD drive and not mounted it won't get probed, spun-up and listed in your directory contents every time you run a file browser application. It's really annoying to go to a Windows box and have to wait for the CD/DVD to spin-up and have the TOC read when I open up win explorer and all I want to see is the frikkin c: drive.
I would say at this point, your drive was on the way out. Winblows will hammer your drives each time it powers up and powers down. Just watch the floppy drive on power up, the bios will probe it looking for a boot disk. If you leave a disk in the cd rom or dvd player on power up, Winblows will probe them and spin the disks up to max speed for up to 60 sec, then step them down.
I can remember how many times working on Winblows systems, shutting them down for the night with every thing working, power it up the next morining and have a disk unit dead or barffing.
No, Linux or you did any thing wrong to cause the dvd player to go dead. I have one Linux system I started with Mandrake 6.2 and have updated up to 9.0 without a drive barffing and most the time it is up 24/7. I can not say that about my Winblows system.
When you get your laptop back, go ahead load Linux back on it, the more you use it, the more you will like it.
When using Linux, it is sooo good to say, " Oh #### what did I do?", verses " What in the #### are you people doing?".
Thanks for your reply. I hope they don't take too long fixing it. I was so happy that I finally got the pcmcia socket working and then my wireless network card up. I managed to get java and flash working in Mozilla. The dvd was the last thing I had to get working and I was getting upset that I was failing....turns out that the dvd drive was bad and not my ability to configure it properly.
Well, I guess I'll find that out when I get it back.