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Old 10-26-2006, 09:09 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by tcomputerchip
ln -s /dev/dvd /dev/hdc

this is called a symbolic link. You type it in the Terminal (black or white window usally named the terminal by default).

in fact you are wrong the command above is correct. You want the DVD to be linked to your hd?. I put a ? mark because it maybe differnet on your system. It could be hdd,hdc,hde,hdf, or anything like that if you have many drives installed on your computer.
No it is NOT wrong ! Check the man page again for 'ln' which is 'ln -s source target'. /dev/hd? is the device name created by the OS (Linux kernel) and you should leave it alone. /dev/dvd is the device name understood by most if not all DVD players, if it is not there, it should be created for the sake of clarity. It is harmless even if no player uses it. I am not totally sure but I believe most DVD player have a setup that allows you to choose where the DVD device is, and you simply type in either /dev/hd? or /dev/dvd. (Again, the ? is what you explained above) Also, there is no problem installing more than one DVD players. I tried both MPlayer and Xine and both work. I prefer Xine but who likes what depends on the individual taste. If both fail to work, you know you're missing out some key components as someone already mentioned.


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