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Old 01-05-2006, 12:38 PM   #1
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Installing a dvd-rom on a Mandriva 10.1 computer


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A friend of mine has offered me his almost brand new dvd-rom drive to install on my MDK computer.
I have read through the hardware howtos on LDP and I don't see anything specifically relating to such an installation. I have a CD-ROM drive already on the box which is mounted at /mnt/cdrom. If/when I add the dvd-rom to the machine, will Mandriva recognize it and assign it a drive letter and mount point, in the same fashion as a Windows plug and play addition? or would Mandriva ask for the install cd or got to mandrake update to install any missing modules required? Also would Mandriva allow both a cd-rom and dvd-rom together on the same box? I am just asking these questions before I start the exercise, hoping not to screw things up. I did a Google/linux search on this subject but the results were pretty vague

any comments would be appreciated
 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:52 PM   #2
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Mount the drive as master.
If Mandrake does not regonize the drive automatically, you should do the following:
1. Create a mountpoint /mnt/dvdrom

If something does not work, report back.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thank you

I will be getting the drive this weekend, so we will see how it goes.
Thanks for your comments
 
Old 01-06-2006, 06:21 PM   #4
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I usually cheat and do a re-install and it just picks up the new hardware as part of the existing system. Never had any problems.

So long as you don't format your home partition all your data, settings should still be there. Never had a problem with that either.
 
Old 01-07-2006, 10:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for your response. I guess the re-install was a last case scenario, hope it doesn't come to that.
 
Old 01-08-2006, 03:19 PM   #6
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Well I managed to install the dvdrom drive, only problem is that in the hardware setting part of Mandrake Control center, it says DVDrom, listed as /dev/hdc with the mount point at /mnt/dvdrom, but it says the tpe of drive is cdrom instead of dvdrom, so It can't read any of my dvds. Am researching this issue on google/linux right as to a fix.

Any suggestions would be appreciated
 
Old 01-08-2006, 03:39 PM   #7
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My dvd player is listed as a cdrom in the media class in the hardware setting part of Mandrake Control center as well. It works fine for data dvd's as well as rented dvd movies.

You must install libdvdcss via rpmdrake or urmpi if you want it to play dvd movies. Handy to have a couple gui movie appz installed too. I usually use Mplayer and had a rented movie last weekend that would not play in mplayer, but did in Kaffeine. Might as well grab win32-codecs via urpmi while your at it, if not done already. Won't help dvd, but will help with other stuff like videos embedded in webpages and the likes.

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:38 PM   #8
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Progress at last. I installed the libdvdcss library as suggested (thanks Lakota ), and I read that i had to symlink my dvd device to /dev/dvd ( ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/dvd) and I can play my dvd movies using Kaffeine, yay!!. However when I try to browse a dvd data cd (eg a Mandriva Linux LE2006 dvd), I get the message that there is an incorrect file format issue, bad supermount message or something like that. I'm researching this right now as to a resolution. Weird this is that Kaffeine sees the movie dvds as dvd in format, where as i can't seem to browse a data dvd. It could be a bad dvd too, hmmn, lots to figure out.
 
Old 01-09-2006, 11:26 AM   #9
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I got it. After a lot of google/linux research I had to do the following.

as root # killall magicdev to turn off the mandriva automounter

amend the line in /etc/fstab for the dvdrom drive (/dev/hdc) changing i8859-1 to i9660 and removing the codepage=850. I guess mandriva saw this as a cdrom drive and mounted it as such as the parameters in this line were the same as the line for my cdrom drive.

Thank you all for your comments and assistance
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Clived
changing i8859-1 to i9660 and removing the codepage=850
Here is a link to a screenshot of my desktop.
http://img330.imageshack.us/img330/7712/fstabdvd7lp.png
Shows a data filled dvd in file browser and my fstab file beside it. My devices work fine. You will notice that all my devices have the i8859-1 and codepage=850 entries on them. The only one that no longer does is my iPod entry. The one you see commented out is the one Mandriva generated. It worked, just made a new one so that it would auto mount, and when gtkpod is closed would auto unmount and eject. Dislike doing it manually in command line. I am interested to know, was this the only change that you made to get things to work? Am glad you got things working, just wondering if it was something else you did that fixed things.
 
Old 01-10-2006, 12:11 AM   #11
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Hello Lakota

Interesting screenshot. Mandrake picked up my dvdrom as cdrom2, and mounted it at /mnt/cdrom2. I assumed that was part of the problem and mounted it at /mnt/dvdrom. Some of the pages that I visted via google did say that i9660 was a more standard choice in /etc/fstab for dvd/cdroms. I also removed the codepage=850 from that line as everytime I tried to use the dvdrom, and the operation failed, there was a reference to codepage=850 in my syslog. Anyway main thing is that it works now.
 
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Hi there, I've just installed Mandrake 10.1 Community for the first time and was having problems reading my data DVD's and after much searching of the internet came across this forum and did exactly as it says here it now reads most of my discs and just wanted to say a big thank you for posting your results here. I'm still having a problem with some discs tho. It reads about 80% of my previously burnt discs and the discs read under Windows. Can anyone point me in the right direction of where to look for what might be going wrong? I'd really like to go over to Linux totally but can't unless I get reading all the data discs.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #13
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Just a thought. I had a friend that had borrowed a data dvd that he used on his friends pc, so he knew it worked. On his windows pc it would not see it, although it saw all of his data dvd's. We went to the website of the manufacturer of his dvd burner, found the newest firmware for his model of burner, flashed it to the burner and it could then read it. Firmware flashes are done with windows because manufacturers usually only provide windows software. The firmware update is on the burner or rom itself so it is then used by whatever operating system you are using, not just windows. That is the only thing I can think of if it reads some but not all data dvd's. If it reads data but not movie dvd's that is totally different. That is fixed simply by installing libdvdcss like so:
Code:
[don@localhost ~]$ su
Password:
[root@localhost don]# urpmi libdvdcss
And it will get it from plf on the internet, as long as your software sources are installed. If you have not done that yet, go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ first and follow instructions there, then install libdvdcss.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #14
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I started out with RedHat 7.3 (Valhalla) a couple of years ago, and I've never had a problem with multiple removable media drives (ie. 2+ cd/dvd rom drives)

Clived, I wouldn't take any suspicion to your Mandrake install mounting your dvdrom to cdrom2. As a matter of fact, on my install, my dvdrw is mounted to cdrom (/dev/hdc) and my regular cdrom is mounted to cdrom2 (/dev/hdd).

I just find it very odd that you'd have that problem with the "codepage=850" parameter. *shrug*

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