DVD troubleshooting

asked 2017-05-25 18:09:16 -0500

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I haven't had any luck accessing DVDs with my Fedora 25 system. I have followed the steps from the pinned question and installed libdvdcss from livna.

$ sudo dnf list \*dvd\*
Last metadata expiration check: 0:51:35 ago on Thu May 25 18:11:53 2017.
Installed Packages
libdvdcss.x86_64             1.4.0-1.fc24.remi            @livna                
libdvdnav.x86_64             5.0.3-4.fc24                 @fedora               
libdvdread.x86_64            5.0.3-2.fc24                 @fedora               
lsdvd.x86_64                 0.17-2.fc24                  @fedora               
radvd.x86_64                 2.14-1.fc25                  @fedora               

$ sudo lshw -c disk
       description: DVD-RAM writer
       product: CDDVDW SH-222BB
       vendor: TSSTcorp
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@4:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/cdrom
       logical name: /dev/sr0
       version: SB00
       capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
       configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc

$ lsdvd /dev/sr0 
libdvdread: Could not open /dev/sr0 with libdvdcss.
libdvdread: Can't open /dev/sr0 for reading
Can't open disc /dev/sr0!

$ dmesg | grep CD
[    0.999912] ata5.00: ATAPI: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB, SB00, max UDMA/100
[    1.064766] scsi 4:0:0:0: CD-ROM            TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB  SB00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    1.091871] cdrom: Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
[    1.092267] sr 4:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0

Playing CDs is no problem, but DVDs just don't work. I have noticed there is no link for /dev/dvd while there is a link for /dev/cdrom -> /dev/sr0. There are no new entries in dmesg after inserting a DVD. I have tried a number of DVDs.

Please advise.

Thanks, Ray

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Does your drive work properly with a CD? If not, check the cables and make sure that they're properly plugged in and that the connection to the power supply is good. If nothing else, this will eliminate a possible cause, and if it works, it will save you an endless chase down blind alleys.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-05-25 19:00:08 -0500 )edit

See if the problem lies in the dvd copy protections. Put a blank in, and see if fedora lets you use it to copy to. If that works, then the issue could me the DRM on the dvd you are trying to play.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-05-25 19:23:27 -0500 )edit

CDs work fine.

I don't have a blank DVD. I've tried a variety of different DVDs with no luck.

drdec gravatar imagedrdec ( 2017-05-26 16:52:07 -0500 )edit

OK, it's not the cable or the connection to the power supply. I don't know enough about the hardware to know if it's possible for the CD part to work but not the DVD, but for the moment we can assume that the drive itself isn't the issue.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-05-26 17:49:19 -0500 )edit

Do you have a dvd driver disk from a motherboard, or a DVD copy of (dare I say it) Windows? Just to see if it reads data.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-05-26 19:14:54 -0500 )edit