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I am completely new to Linux, due to some problems in my Windows I decided to give Linux a try. I am quite liking it accept for some minor issues.

The biggest of them is that I cannot find my DVD drive in Ubuntu.

After I insert the disk, the drive's green light flickers and then nothing. I don't get anything on my unity bar or desktop.

There is no folder inside my /dev folder which indicates a dvd drive. There is a cdrom folder in my root folder but nothing is there.

If you guys know what's wrong, I'd appreciate the help.

Am a complete newbie so don't expect me to know anything about Ubuntu, although I have spent lots of hours in last 2 days googling my issue so I have basic information...

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Can you look at the top answer here and see if it helps? It's not an exact duplicate but it is close. – Tom Brossman Jun 25 '12 at 11:19
Good da i dvd was fine until i did a partial upgrade. When I write the first command I get this message Resolving ( failed: Name or service not known. wget: unable to resolve host address `' – user259228 Apr 16 '14 at 9:14

To be able to read Double Layer DVDs on Ubuntu 12.04, you need to install the libdvdcss2 package with these commands:

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list
sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
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This is not necessary for reading dual-layer DVD media in general. This is specifically necessary for reading/playing most commercial video DVD's. Such DVD's happen to usually be dual-layer (though they aren't always). Furthermore, it seems unlikely that this answer will help the original poster here, as even without libdvdcss2, you can usually still see whether or not a DVD is in the drive on an Ubuntu system. – Eliah Kagan Jun 25 '12 at 11:13

Just Click on Home button(looking like folder) on unity bar. On left side find your cd drive with icon of Disk.

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