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    Can I connect my laptop to another computer to use it's DVD-drive?

    I can't burn DVD's on my computer, but I know someone that has one that can. Could I connect them with a usb cable, and then use their Disc Drive to burn DVD's? If so, how would I do it?

    My computer has Xubuntu 8.10 installed, the one with a DVD burner has Windows XP.

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    Re: Can I connect my laptop to another computer to use it's DVD-drive?

    At the risk of being proved wrong by someone more knowledgeable, I'm going to say that you can't do that.

    you can theoretically share a dvd drive much as you'd share a folder of anything else under windows..and samba in ubuntu should pick that up, and providing you have everything configured correctly in terms of user permissions you would then be able to read data off that remote drive...but I'm pretty sure its a read only thing.

    If I was you I'd just punt the files over to the other machine over a network and then burn them locally.

    Hope that helps

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    Re: Can I connect my laptop to another computer to use it's DVD-drive?

    Maybe it's possible using rscsci.Here's a doc for Gentoo.
    I never tried it and I don't klnow if it can be made working with Windows.
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    Re: Can I connect my laptop to another computer to use it's DVD-drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by diesch View Post
    Maybe it's possible using rscsci.Here's a doc for Gentoo.
    I never tried it and I don't klnow if it can be made working with Windows.
    I forgot to say that I ain't too computer-savvy, everything in that link just flew over my head.

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