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External DVD: where to get the driver?


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#1 scurvychef

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:01 AM

Hi all!
 
I have a 14" panasonic toughbook that I set a friend up with.
 
Some basic info:
dual boot it:  xp pro, ubuntu 12.04
it is a Panasonic toughbook cf-t8
it has 2 g of RAM
no DVD rom tray
 
the issue: because there is no ROM tray, I ran USB to IDE cable and a dedicated AC adapter-PSU to an external DVD drive.
 
Due to the nature of the external drive, I am unsure where to get a DVD driver for the external because it is frankinsteined? it is basically a drive from a desktop that is non existent and I am unsure what it even came from. So far it plays music and boots .iso images but won't play DVDs. any suggestions? Thanks

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:54 AM

Since you can see the drive the problem in XP is that XP does not come with a codec for playing DVDs.

This is just an example, I've never dealt with these people before.

http://www.amazon.com/Avanquest-PowerDVD-5/dp/B0000CDVUN

 

 

As far as Ubuntu, just try it and see what happens. If it doesn't work in Ubuntu You could ask for help in our Linux forum http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/11/linux-unix/

 

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

The following is an excerpt from Can't Play DVDs | PCWorld.

 

 

Unless you have the Media Center edition, Windows XP can't natively play DVDs. You need either a third-party media player that can play them, or the right codec.  Fortunately, you can have your choice of either of these options for free.

 

I've used VLC Media Player and liked it,  VLC media player - Download


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