I have CD-Roms from Open University and they won't autoplay only show folders and icons

Asked by Harley Clark on 2013-01-22

A friend of mine suggested I change to Linux from Windows Vista. I am due to restart study with Open University and my CD-Roms from the university wont play or install. The disk appears with a name and the folders and contents appear but do not autoplay or install like they would on windows. PLease help. I am due to start at the end of this week.

This morning I tried to watch a DVD and despite trying a number of programs such as movie player, VLC and parole, they would n't play. Stating that either a DVD Encruption library was not installed or location was invalid. In the end i bit the bullet and purchased fuendo which now plays my DVDs. However, CD-Roms are not. Last year the CD-Roms contained audio and video files as well as PDFs, and word documents and so on. They were very interactive.

I am completely new to Ubuntu and using 12.04.1 LTS with a Intel® Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.73GHz × 2 processor. My laptop is an Ascent. I did start to look at the terminal stuff but this really is a foreign language to me.

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Harley Clark (harleyclark) said : #1

If I click on Install.exe icon then the following apears in the command box:

Archive: /media/K216_CD1/install.exe
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /media/K216_CD1/install.exe or
          /media/K216_CD1/install.exe.zip, and cannot find /media/K216_CD1/install.exe.ZIP, period.

The CD rom is 1of 4 in the case

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

Its probable that the CDroms are designed for windows so may not work in Linux.

You can try installing Wine from the software centre. Wine is a program that allows a number of Windows programs to run on Linux. Its not perfect however but it may work.

If not your options are

1. Dual boot Windows and Ubuntu so you can install this in Windows
2. Install Virtual box and install windows inside that
3. Get rid Ubuntu and go back to windows full time

All of these require a legal copy of windows.

Finally depending on the course you are doing there may be Linux equivalents for the software available. If you let us know what you are studying and what the software is we may be able to suggest something.

You will need to mount the CD executable, it's a wine thing. I'd go for a virtualbox but it will need a valid Windows license and install media

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