[mythtv-users] Issues with DVD drive
cfunk30myth at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 18:00:45 UTC 2007
On 3/29/07, Lan Barnes <lan at falleagle.net> wrote:
> I'm a relatively new Myth user running MythDora 3.2 whth a PVR-150 and an
> old GForce nVidia card. The basics (watch TV, schedule recordings) are
> running beautifully. Now I'm expanding my ambitions.
> My problem is that the DVD functions appear not to be utilizing my DVD
> R/W. The device is:
> HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4120B
> The system has linked /dev/dvd to /dev/hdd. This appears to be correct,
> because when I run "eject /dev/hdd" as root, the tray opens. I also
> installed MythDora through this drive (although it wouldn't be the first
> time for me that a Fedora/RH install had recognized a drive that the
> subsequent system couldn't see -- go figure).
> My only other meaningful experiment was to put a known-good DVD movie in
> the tray and select Play DVD in the menu. This led to a clearing of the
> screen as if xine had loaded full screen, and then ... nothing. Healthy
> looking disk access lights but nada. Ctr-Alt-F2 took me to another
> terminal, so Linux was thriving under the hood, but I had to do a reboot
> to get control back (obviously I could have played with various kills, but
> a reboot seemed safe).
> The system has:
> So I don't syspect it's a decoding issue.
> I googled the drive and found some commentary on how it may not be an
> ideal HW choice for Linux, but can be made to work. I have put an
> extensive quote below on this from what I found (skip if you wish).
> So my questions:
> - anyone know why this is happening?
> - anyone have experience with this DVD HW?
> - any recommendations? Upgrade the firmware? Cut my losses and buy a
> different drive? Is it all user error?
> TIA for any help.
> <snip quote>
> Lan Barnes
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Not sure if this is the core problem, but make sure if it is a new drive
that you have the region code set on it. I purchased a new dvd drive, and
had a heck of a time getting a dvd to play finally traced it down to the
region code not being set in the drive's firmware. There is a linux cli
util that will do it. After that everything worked fine. Playing the dvd's
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