ok. thank you for the info. i did in fact see it on the link you provided. although, i woulnd't have guessed that the way they had it was generic enough for all systems. i thought that the "dvd-device" would be what fstab has it mounted as. thank you for the clarification.
i did in fact hit a snag that i'm not sure how to address (go figure.. a noob lost). here is the error i encountered:
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified
vo: couldn't open the X11 display (:0.0)!
Error opening/initializing the selected video_out (-vo) device.
normally, i would think that i can't be root when i see this error but i got an error earlier stating that i do in fact need to be root for this. any thoughts?
again, thanks in advance folks.