[Cialug] OT: DVD drive problem
markhesseltine at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 16:07:39 CDT 2007
Install VideoLan on it and try playing an audio CD or DVD. A default
build of VLC should have codecs for both, which would rule out codec
issues. If it's still skipping and stuttering, it's probably related
to the drive.
On 9/10/07, Tim Wilson <tim_linux at wilson-home.com> wrote:
> I know a question about Windows make most people on the list shudder, but I
> think someone at Best Buy is blowing smoke (or has inhaled too deeply).
> My wife's laptop started experiencing issues a little over a week ago, with
> one of the auto-launch programs saying that a device was not using DMA mode.
> So I went to the disk controller in Device Manager, and sure enough, it was
> set to use DMA mode if available, but it was using PIO mode. We also
> noticed that the drive was making noises, and the laptop was quite sluggish
> when anything was using the DVD drive. Since it is under warranty, I took
> it in to Best Buy, and the "tech" at Geek Squad said it wasn't a failing
> drive, it was corrupted codecs. He played an audio CD, and it skipped and
> hesitated. So his argument was that it had to be a codec, because even in
> PIO mode, the CD should be fine.
> I'll admit, that test was pretty convincing, but it still doesn't explain
> the sluggishness of the laptop while the DVD is in use. That to me sounds
> like a PIO mode issue.
> Does this sound remotely plausible to anyone? Would putting a live CD
> distro in and testing with it prove helpful?
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