ubuntu dell optiplex 620 drivers for dvd player

Asked by Walt Chorle on 2013-08-21

this is my first ubuntu and things are going well except for giant problem with dvd player where it will show the actual dvd and when you click play nothing happens...same thing when I tried to attach an external cd player? any advise?

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You don't need a driver for DVD drives in Ubuntu just like you don't need them in Windows.

What is the output of :

sudo lshw -C disk; sudo lshw -C drive; lsb_release -a; uname -a


Walt Chorle (walt-g) said : #2

Where do I key this string in or how do I get a software update for this...I think I stopped one in progress so maybe that is my problem

Copy the command as one big command and press CTRL+ALT+T

You can then paste the file and hit ENTER. Type your password (You will get no feedback, but keep typing).

Copy the output and paste here as an update


Walt Chorle (walt-g) said : #5

here is my result:

owner@owner-OptiPlex-GX620:~$ sudo lshw -C disk; sudo lshw -C drive; lsb_release -a; uname -a
[sudo] password for owner:
       description: DVD writer
       product: DVD+-RW GSA-H21N
       vendor: HL-DT-ST
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/cdrom
       logical name: /dev/cdrw
       logical name: /dev/dvd
       logical name: /dev/dvdrw
       logical name: /dev/sr0
       logical name: /media/owner/RENT
       version: A105
       serial: [
       capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
       configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=udf mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=77,iocharset=utf8 state=mounted status=ready
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/cdrom
          logical name: /media/owner/RENT
          configuration: mount.fstype=udf mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=77,iocharset=utf8 state=mounted
       description: ATA Disk
       product: ST3160812AS
       vendor: Seagate
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sda
       version: 3.AD
       serial: 9LS0ZPBQ
       size: 149GiB (160GB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=0009f080
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 13.04
Release: 13.04
Codename: raring
Linux owner-OptiPlex-GX620 3.8.0-27-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 9 00:19:35 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

Install the DVD decoder as well as vlc then try playing a video dvd. The drive is seen.

Walt Chorle (walt-g) said : #7

ty very much being new to the linux things...how do i install the dvd decoder and the vlc? I need specifics since it is so new

Yes but not new to searching the web to find things out.....no?

Even the simplest search brings up this link:

You can use software centre to install vlc.

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