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Thread: DVD drive not working

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Exclamation DVD drive not working

    I recently installed 12.04 and found that the DVD drive is not working . it is not listed in devices in file manager and gives no response when inserting DVDs. it was working before on 11.10

    the device is readable on bios setup menu though.

    I've tried this before inserting a disc:
    sudo lshw
    it returns this :
                    description: DVD-RAM writer
                    product: DVDRAM GT30N
                    vendor: HL-DT-ST
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /dev/cdrw
                    logical name: /dev/dvd
                    logical name: /dev/dvdrw
                    logical name: /dev/sr0
                    version: LC01
                    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    I tried it again just after inserting a disc
    it says status=busy instead of nodisc
    and the LED keeps blinking

    a while after it returns back to nodisc and the blinking stops

    I tried this too :
    sudo mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
    it returns :
    mount: no medium found on /dev/sr0
    any help ??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Re: DVD drive not working

    any help please

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Berks, UK

    Re: DVD drive not working

    The amount of detail you've so far posted is appreciated, and useful.
    Just as a confirmation, have you tried booting from a CD or using a LiveCD of 11.10?
    It's quite possible that one 'side' of the device has gone non-functional - the lasers used for DVD and CD have to be of different frequencies, but the optical path usually uses a common channel so you only see one lens, and one can go below spec without affecting the other.
    It is always a good move to use a lens cleaning CD/DVD to eliminate dirt on the lens as a possibility.


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