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Old 09-09-2009, 07:31 AM   #1
robert neuron
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Question Ubuntu Jaunty doesn't recognize my DVD player, but Dapper did

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Basically, I have two drives: a CD-RW and a DVD player. Every thing worked in Dapper, but when I upgraded to 8.04, the DVD drive disappeared. Now I am updated to Jaunty and I still can't find the drive.

However, if I put an system install CD in the DVD drive, it recognizes it and begins to install it. So there must be a driver somewhere.

Thanks for any help.
Old 09-09-2009, 10:34 AM   #2
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OK, your DVD is not in fstab and it does not appear in lshw.
There is some concern that you have only a partial upgrade - what have you done to check?

lets see if there is any mention of anything dvd in the syslog:

dmesg | grep dvd
Old 10-03-2009, 09:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for your interest. Dmesg doesn't give anything for dvd. My model is a Samsung SD-608 and there are all sorts of files on it, but it is not in my fstab.
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"Upgrades" with the 'buntus are flaky at best, and it seems you went from 8.04 to 9.04 without going through 8.10.

I don't think this was a good idea.

My suggestion: Backup your home while you still have access to your PC. Do a clean install of 9.04, then restore your personal data.
Old 10-08-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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No dvd

The problem started when I upgraded from Dapper to 8.04. The dvd was already missing.

I completely re-installed Windows and then re-installed 9.04 wiping out windows. I had to use the alternative installation because the desktop Ubuntu(8.04 or 9.04) always gives a "Busy Box", "intramfs", message.

I have a Samsung SD-608 dvd player and have looked for firmware which I didn't find.


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