newby can't set up dvd and audio cd to play

neal kneel.pardoe at
Sun Nov 4 10:51:10 PST 2007

Hello list,

I am in the process of migrating to using FreeBSD (from 
Linux, which I would like to leave entirely behind, how 
does one make sure they don't install something that 
requires the Linux compatibility packages?

I have a working BSD system installed using DesktopBSD;

[pineal at localhost /usr/home/pineal]$ uname -v
FreeBSD 6.2-STABLE #0: Mon Jul 23 21:48:53 CEST 2007

I am using this on one partition of one of my drives. I have 
a second 40gb drive to do a new install to to take over 
when I have finished playing and discovering on this 
current setup.

The problem I have is that I cannot get dvds to play. I have 
read the FAQ and the Handbook, I made the changes suggested 
i.e. adding devices, but still to no avail. What actually 
happens when I play a dvd is that the dvd will play 
sometimes for about 20 secs then I get an error dialog 
saying either I do not have sufficient rights or the dvd is 
empty. Trying to play a music cd is similarly wierd. On 
play the first track may play and if it does will last for 
about 20 secs, sometimes a track will not play at all and 
eventually skip to the next, but I never seem to get any 
longer than about 20 secs?

I have a fresh install of FreeBSD 6.2 STABLE installed on my 
second drive waiting to hopefully set up correctly. I have 
done no updates at all at this point. Could someone please 
give me some guidance with this? 


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