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External DVDRW (USB) in Linux system?

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#1 porty


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Posted 01 July 2009 - 08:59 PM

Hi Linux people! Wonder if some kind person could answer this for me.

I'm a Windows-oriented PC tech who knows zip about Linux. My daughter, who lives some 1000k from me, had a rush of blood to the head and bought an Asus Eee 4GB mini-laptop, which apparently has Linux installed, as well as some 40-odd applications.

My question: She needs an external DVDRW to play movies and record stuff. I'm familiar with Liteon equipment, so I thought I'd buy her one of their drives. Will this gadget work on the Asus? It apparently has 2 or 3 USB 2.0 ports.

Thanks :-)

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#2 MadDawg


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Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:54 PM

I'm not at all experienced with external optical drives, but I don't see why one wouldn't work on a Linux box. Is the drive plug-and-play? If not, you'll have to find some "alternate" drivers for it, but it should work either way.
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#3 chameleon437


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 02:46 PM

Hi Peeps,

Recently had to do some video editing for my boss which required me to borrow an external DVDRW - a LiteOn - to attach to the Dell Laptop I installed Fedora 11 on - picked it up without any trouble - didn't get very far with the task in hand as MoviePlayer required codecs (downloaded) but then said it needed DVD source - not as user friendly as Sabayon 4.1 (apart from the fact no sound - Dell's fault not Sabayon!) I believe the Asus ships with Xandros (who signed an interoperability deal with Microsoft - Boo! - and did a sly deal with Michael Robertson who sold of Linspire to them!) That aside, providing the ASUS Eeee has 2 usb ports close to one another i guess it should work.

Best regards,

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