Yes, I used ndiswrapper for wireless which solved the issue. As for manually mounting, thank you for the tip - I did try the command in terminal (right after I discovered I'm unable to read dvds) but it wouldn't do any good, it would fail every time due to ''device not being present''. So that was out of the picture. I tried today with some more dvds, Windows installation, for one, and Ubuntu installation disc. Those were somehow read by the system. But none of any other I have, no matter what was burned on them, were readable. Be it data dvds, audio cds or original movie dvds. I perform diagnostics of my hardware every so often and I received no errors on performance of my cd-dvd drive which is why I find this peculiar. At some point I noticed ''Failed to load module'' messages on boot screen but there are none anymore and still dvds cannot be read.
After hours of trying different possible solutions and looking online, I was forced to resort back to Vista due to the nature of my work which required everyday use of documents...
Is this a known problem with Ubuntu, even if uncommon? If yes, is there any other release that doesn't have it? I was considering Suse Desktop Enterprise Edition.