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Date:      Fri, 22 Apr 2011 06:42:36 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Antonio Olivares <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: can't determine sound card driver to use in /etc/rc.conf
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On Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:02:27 -0500, Antonio Olivares <> wrote:
> This is on mt TODO list, I was going to try and swap another dvd drive
> (SATA) which is my suspicion :(

"Cross-testing" would always be good - especially as you've
mentioned an "impossible" behaviour, i. e. mounting a DVD
causes a system reboot.

> I'd think I'd have to agree :(, the damn dvd drive, it is new but old
> IDE does not work as well as SATA.

I can't confirm that. In my machine which is more than
7 years old now, I'm using (P)ATA / ATAPI stuff only
(because it doesn't have any SATA inside), and it keeps
working as intended. Still it may be possible that
"modern" hardware doesn't play that good anymore. :-)

If possible, just try a different DVD drive, as you've
eleminated the reason "bad DVD" already.

> I have a /etc/devfs.conf file with the following:
> # Commonly used by many ports
> link    acd0    cdrom
> link    acd0    dvd
> # Allow all users to access CD’s
> perm /dev/acd0 0666
> perm /dev/acd1 0666
> perm /dev/cd0 0666
> perm /dev/cd1 0666
> # Allow all USB Devices to be mounted
> perm /dev/da0 0666
> perm /dev/da1 0666
> perm /dev/da2 0666
> perm /dev/da3 0666
> perm /dev/da4 0666
> # Misc other devices
> perm /dev/pass0 0666
> perm /dev/xpt0 0666
> perm /dev/agpart 0666
> perm /dev/uscanner0 0666

Fully okay. So the reason "wrong permissions" is also out
of scope now.

> VLC did not play the dvds either, took a while to compile it(for
> troubleshooting this dvd problem).  I like both players just to be
> honest.

I really think it's the drive. Also make sure that the
codecs are installed. If you're on x64, try to use the
COMPAT32 facility. As I'm not owning x64 at home, I sadly
can't be more specific about this idea.

> I have a similar amd64 machine that does play mostly everything in it,
> but I installed mplayer differently
> # pkg_add -r mplayer

This installs mplayer with the default options which may
not be optimal in some situations, especially if it's
illegal in one's country to watch DVDs. :-)

> ** had problems with KDE and lib???.so not working and startx refused
> to work, last time I used ports.

I always use ports for this. Although I'm a big fan of
precompiled packages, mplayer and gmencoder are the tools
I *insist* on building from source, both with a custom
Makefile.local that defines ALL the codecs I want, which
is _all_ of them. :-)

> *However* that machine has SATA cables not IDE like this one, this is
> my take on the issue.  If  i install/try a SATA dvd drive, it will
> work*

Really, try a different drive, and if you can, also try
different cables, just to make sure it's NOT the cables
causing trouble.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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