AlbertP wrote:Are you sure that nothing happens when you double-click the DVD icon in computer?
Perhaps it's set to open Totem by default instead of browsing the DVD's contents.
Yes, I am sure (from a Front-end perspective anyways). And it has nothing to do with whichever software player I happen to be using. I can say this with confidence because I have had some advancement in diagnosing my problems. A definable solution however, is at the moment still out of my grasp.- My internal Plextor drive
can only be connected to the single IDE port on the MB, so I am unable to move it to another port for testing. I do not have any SATA disc drives with which to test (I am budgeting for one now). The system no longer boots successfully from this drive (it gets hung up for a couple minutes trying to read the disc before it times out and reverts to the boot loader on the HDD). From within windows, if I put in a DVD movie the system will correctly recognize the disc and play the movie. From within Linux, DVD movies do not load (or mount) although DVD data discs do seem to load correctly, the drive does load and play audio CDs as well as load blank CDs and DVDs.- My external USB DVD drive
has been tested on other computers and has been found to be working from within both Linux and windows. I have been using the front USB ports on my system in question here, because...well...they are conveniently accessible. And those ports have worked fine in the past. However, over the past year there have been some ...inconsistencies... with the two front USB ports. Which has resulted in virtually identical behavior to the Plextor above. Those inconsistencies did not used to be there. So I plugged the external drive into a hardwired port on the back of the system and like magic everything worked perfectly. I had full DVD movie and DVD recordable performance. As well as being able to boot from the drive.
There are some conflicting results from my testing. So as I have mentioned above I have yet to find a definable solution. But further testing is still underway. I will try re-seating the front USB cables on the MB just to make sure that the connection has not gotten corrupted. I am also going to take out the Plextor and test it with one of my other systems. At the same time this will allow me to reverify that the ribbon cable is also in proper working order. Once I have a chance to perform these tests I will report back with my findings.