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Old 03-14-2004, 10:18 AM   #1
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RPM Drake uses CD+R(W) drive


I want it to use my DVD drive? Is it possible.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 02:18 PM   #2
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Yes, but it depends what you want to use it for.

My system has both a cdrw and a dvdrom drive. But only the cdrw has the 2 wire audio plug to the sound card. So I can only listen to cd's with it, but if I use say, KSCD, I have to call it /dev/scd0 - this is because it needs "scsi emulation" to be able to read and write to the device. The default /dev/cdrom won't work on my system.

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Old 03-14-2004, 03:54 PM   #3
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Yeah but I mean I wanna use it to install rpm's with rpmdrake. Or will it only use the first cdrom drive it finds.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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Well, with my system, I have icons for both the cdrw and dvdrom drives. They installed from the disc install.

The only thing that is a little weird is that they show as /mnt/cdrom and /mnt/cdrom2. I just happen to know that the dvdrom drive is the one marked as cdrom and the cdrw as cdrom2 (yes I could change this, but it doesn't bother me so.....)

Not sure if that's just a mandrake thing or whether it's other distro's as well.

I just have to insert a disc and click whichever icon I've put the disc into, it then opens konqueror with the contents of the disc I then just dig through the various directories till I find the rpm that I want, click it, I'm then asked for my root password, and the package installer kicks into life.

Hence it shouldn't matter which drive you put a disc in. afterall, a dvdrom drive will (well, should) read a cdrom.

Though I should point out, that that's just with data disc's containing rpm's - if and when you want to start watching dvd's it's a whole different ball game.

then you've got to start reading shit loads and make your mind up if you think that you'll want either mplayer or xine (two of the popular dvd playing software packages).

Sorry, I didn't notice what distro you're using, but if it's mandrake, let me know there's a couple of tip's for it.

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Old 03-14-2004, 06:34 PM   #5
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Yeah I use Mandrake 10.0. Installed it yesterday without problems. I use Totem to watch DVD's, works great.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 07:38 PM   #6
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If so, then it should be just a case of putting the disc in and searching the content's for rpms.

Just a quick point though, as you got the version 10 installed it won't matter just yet I shouldn't think, but
have a look at here, bookmark it, and keep checking back every week.

When they've updated their site, to include 10, then follow the instructions and update your urpmi sources.

I don't know what your knowledge level is, but mandrake will happily install mandrake specific rpms available at the easy urpmi site. You can also get stuff straight from the net, but more often than not, if it's not a mandrake specific rpm, you'll end up in "dependency hell".

As I say, you can "do" other non mandy rpm's, but...... I've never bothered, because when I tried it "sent me scatty".

When you do, make sure that if you can, you inclued a "plf" source, because they produce some nice fancy artwork for backgrounds, icon sets, etc etc (you used to be able to get stuff from "texstar" as well, but he seems to be concentrating on the PCOnline 2k4 live distro at the moment - some of his stuff for 9.1 was absolutely amazing).

Good luck.

regards

John
 
Old 03-15-2004, 09:25 AM   #7
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I take the Totem thing back. It just froze my system...again. It "unfreezes" after a few minutes I know, but I really don't have that kind of patience with any program. I definetly won't be using that again.
Last time I used MPlayer it couldn't handle DVD menu's, I really need it to. So I guess my only real option is Xine then..
 
Old 03-16-2004, 06:21 PM   #8
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nothing to suggest that this might be a graphics card thing is there ???

Cos if it's anything more than idiot level, it count's me out for givving advice and suggestions.

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