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How to make Fedora 18 / KDE recognize a video DVD [closed]

asked 2013-01-27 21:57:06 -0500

ThinMan gravatar image

To begin, please understand that this question is not about DVD playback software that may or may not be included in Fedora. I understand and respect the Fedora project's position on that, but it's not relevant to my issue.

I'm running Fedora 18, and although I'm a longtime user and admin of RedHat-family Linuxes, this is my first serious foray into KDE-land. Gnome 3 is a non-starter for me, however, so KDE looks like the best desktop for me available in F18.

The problem I'm having is that when I insert a video DVD, the "Device Notifier" applet recognizes it only as a "Storage Volume", and therefore presents only the actions applicable to a generic volume.

If, however, the same disk is already in the drive (not necessarily mounted) when I start my desktop session, then Device Notifier recognizes it as an "Optical Disk" and presents additional actions as configured for a device of that type. Until I unmount the disk. If I change discs, or even just eject and re-insert the same disc, then Device Notifier returns to seeing only a generic storage volume for the duration of my login session.

I can reliably play DVD videos (e.g. via VLC installed from a third-party repository) regardless of what Device Notifier thinks about them, so it's not the disks themselves. It is annoyingly inconvenient, however, especially for my non-technical users (wife & kids), and the inconsistency is maddening.

In contrast, audio CDs work flawlessly in the same drive. And of course data DVDs work fine. And the same hardware worked fine with Fedora14/Gnome, which it was running until a few days ago.

So, is there something I may be missing? Or can anyone suggest a workaround to get Device Notifier to recognize new DVD video media? Or even a promising place to look for such?

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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by NickTux
close date 2014-07-01 16:06:12.350751

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answered 2014-07-01 15:41:09 -0500

First you need to go to the Help Menu, select Details. Under the Details section you should go to Removable Media. Once you are in this section it asks you how media should be handled. There is a two boxes that refer to optical media: CD audio and DVD audio. Select what you want to happen when this type of media is put in the optical drive (CD/DVD player). Your choices are: Rhythmbox, Other application, Ask me what to do, Do nothing, and Open Folder.

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Nice answer, but Fedora 18 has reached EOL and this question is old (Jan 28 '13). Because of the unsupported version of Fedora, I'm closing this quetsion to not accept answers anymore.


NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-07-01 16:04:55 -0500 )edit

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