[nSLUG] DVD drive with no CD audio

Daniel Morrison draker at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 20:21:42 AST 2009

2009/2/4 Mike Spencer <mspencer at tallships.ca>:
> Just bought a DVD drive: "Super Multi DVD Rewriter Model GH22 np20"
> under the LG  marque.
> Mounts a DVD data disk and plays .avi video files that are one it,
> complete with sound and subtitles using mplayer.
> But an ordinary audio CD produces no sound.  The drive spins up when
> the cdp command is issued but nothing comes out of the
> speakers. Nothing I do with the mixer (aumix) changes this.

Uh, Mike, you asked this same question here:

And I said: there should be an analog CD audio cable.
And Aaron Spanik said: "most of the CD/DVD drives you buy today no
longer even have
that connector on the back"...so you must do this digitally.

I don't know what 'cdp' is... if it's an alias for 'cdparanoia' then
perhaps you're already trying to do this digitally?  But it sure
sounds like with 'mplayer' you're playing a digital file (doesn't
matter if it's on a CD, DVD, USB stick, or streaming download), while
with an "audio CD", unless you're doing DAO digital extraction, just
telling the CD to "play" (e.g. with workbone) won't do anything but
make the light flash (and audio come out the drive's headphone jack,
if it has one).

If you are using cdparanoia to do DAO extraction, then surely there
are some interesting messages produced which you could post,
potentially helping someone else pinpoint the problem...


> Same box/OS plays audio CDs on the original CD drive just fine.
> Is there some trick that everybody knows that I don't?  Some new
> "feature" of recent hardware in general or LG in particular for which
> there's a required workaround?  New DVD drives are hopeless?
> Anything?
> I bought a new Philips DVD drive/burner a year ago, stuck it into a
> PIII with Slack 10.1 and it did everything perfectly: Audio CD, DVD,
> .avi files in a data DVD, burn DVDs. That vendor (Source) no longer
> has Philips (or any internal) IDE DVD drives.
> This is a Dell P4 with newly installed Slack 12.1.  Is there some kink
> in udev that would cause this failure? (Slack 12 has udev but I don't
> understand what it's all about.)  Jeez, do I have to have *two* laser
> drives just so I can do both DVDs and CD audio?

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