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    VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Ubuntu 18.04

    VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    With DVD on CD/DVD writer tray
    Warning
    Code:
    ....
    Playback failure:
    DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/sr0".
    Your input can't be opened:
    VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details.
    $ sudo ln -s /dev/sr0 /dev/dvd
    Code:
    ln: failed to create symbolic link '/dev/dvd': File exists
    $ ls -al /dev/sr0
    Code:
    brw-rw----+ 1 root cdrom 11, 0 Mar 27 13:34 /dev/sr0
    $ ls -al /dev/dvd
    Code:
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 Mar 27 13:34 /dev/dvd -> sr0
    $ ls -al /dev/dvdrw
    Code:
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 Mar 27 13:34 /dev/dvdrw -> sr0
    $ cat /dev/dvd
    Code:
    cat: /dev/dvd: No medium found
    $ sudo lshw -c disk
    Code:
    .....
    ....
      *-cdrom
           description: DVD-RAM writer
           product: DVD RW AW-G170S
           vendor: SONY
           physical id: 0.0.0
           bus info: scsi@9:0.0.0
           logical name: /dev/cdrom
           logical name: /dev/cdrw
           logical name: /dev/dvd
           logical name: /dev/dvdrw
           logical name: /dev/sr0
           version: 1.72
           serial: [
           capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
           configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    Please help. Thanks

    Regards
    satimis

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    Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Your lshw shows "status=nodisc"
    Either there is no DVD in the drive or if there is your drive isn't detecting it.
    If the later try cleaning drive/laser lens, a different DVD or a different DVD drive

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    Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    Your lshw shows "status=nodisc"
    Either there is no DVD in the drive or if there is your drive isn't detecting it.
    If the later try cleaning drive/laser lens, a different DVD or a different DVD drive
    Hi,

    Thanks for your advice.

    Have tried other discs;
    -some work
    -others fail
    -some discs have to be tried several times, inserting the tray twice/triple times

    This DVD writer is an old device and also hasn't used for prolonged time. I fail to see whether I can find the cleaning set to clean the len,

    I'm considering buying a new USB DVD-Writer to be used on other PCs as well. I still have a good stocks of movies on VCD and DVD and also music CDs. I'll convert all of them to mp4 and mp3 files, keeping them on WD HD which are rather cheap in price today. VLC has this conversion feature,

    One additional question. Can movie VCDs, DVDs and music CDs all work in DVD writer without problem?

    Thanks

    satims

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    Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    The new (external) drive shouldn't have any issue with various optical media.
    Some apps may need you to change their settings to /dev/sr1

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    Lightbulb Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Quote Originally Posted by satimis View Post
    I fail to see whether I can find the cleaning set to clean the len
    do not waste your money & time with the cleaning kits, get a new dvd rom.

    Quote Originally Posted by satimis View Post
    Can movie VCDs, DVDs and music CDs all work in DVD writer without problem?
    yes.

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    Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Quote Originally Posted by ipv View Post
    do not waste your money & time with the cleaning kits, get a new dvd rom.
    Hi,

    Thanks for your advice.

    Just started a new posting on this forum - Seeking advice for purchasing external DVD writer

    Regards
    satimis

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    Re: VLC Media Player fails to play DVD but can play CD

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    The new (external) drive shouldn't have any issue with various optical media.
    Some apps may need you to change their settings to /dev/sr1
    Thanks

    Regards
    satimis

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