>>I'm running Mandrake 9.2/Windows XP Pro. I have an LG DRD-8160b. It
>>will read and play dvd's under XP, as well as music and data cd's. Under
>>Mandrake, it will read music and data disks, but it cannot read dvd's.
>>When I use Mplayer or Xine, it gives me an error, something to effect
>>that it can't access the medium because there is no data present or I
>>don't have permission to access it.
>>I know there is data, and I know I have permission. Is this related to
>>the problem with LG cd-rom's? The latest firmware appears to be 1.01,
>>which is what is on the drive. Is there another firmware version or
>>software patch available?
> You need to create a symbolic link for mplayer and xine(/dev/dvd). Let's
> say your DVD-ROM drive is /dev/hdd to create the symbolic link type, as
> root something like; ln -s /dev/hdd /dev/dvd
Under mandrake you are only allowed to play DVD's that have no region
protection. Though it is possible to play DVD's with region protection,
but in this case you have to install libdvdcss . It is not in Mandrake
distribution, because it is illegal in some countries and also because
of some patents problem. The same it is with mp3, which will not work by
And in Xine and mplayer you have to define the path to DVD as /dev/dvd.