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Old 21st May 2008
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Hi guys,
I have FreeBSD + KDE. I am trying to play CDs and DVDs on my machine. After I insert a music CD I have access to it only as root. Probably I need to edit /etc/fstab. Here is my fstab
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# Device		Mountpoint	FStype	Options		Dump	Pass#
/dev/ad4s1b		none		swap	sw		0	0
/dev/ad4s1a		/		ufs	rw		1	1
/dev/ad4s1e		/tmp		ufs	rw		2	2
/dev/ad4s1f		/usr		ufs	rw		2	2
/dev/ad4s1d		/var		ufs	rw		2	2
/dev/acd0		/cdrom		cd9660	ro,noauto	0	0
What should I do to have access to the device as normal user?
Thanks in advance,
Corneliu

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Read man devfs...is one of them
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Audio CDs cannot be mounted and Video DVDs do not need to be mounted to watch the video, so changing /etc/fstab won't help. You need to set the permissions for the device.
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Thank you both for your help.
I know that audio CDs and DVDs cannot be mounted.
I just want to pop a CD and be able to listen to the music.
I tried to use a command line cd player called cdcontrol and It refused to play unless I was root.
After I changed the owner of /cdrom, cdcontrol does not complain anymore. But there is no sound. The green light of the CD device is flashing like CD is being played but there is no sound.
The same thing happened before changing the owner of /cdrom when I started cdcontrol as root.
The sound card seems to be configured properly.

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Unless you have an audio cable running from your CD drive in the sound card, you will not hear any sound using cdcontrol. All cdcontrol does is starts the drive and it streams the audio directly to the sound card through the audio cable.

It would seem you don't have an audio cable, so if you want to listen to CDs on your computer, you will need to use a program capable of digital audio extraction. Programs that I use that can do this: Amarok and XMMS. KsCD cannot do this (since you use KDE).
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Thank you BSDKaffee,
I had no idea about this cable stuff. It's good to know. Amarok is a little bit too bloated for my taste, I'd prefer MPlayer. Do you know if MPlayer will be able to play audio CDs and DVDs?
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MPlayer can handle both CDs and DVDs. For me CD playback is choppy. You can run:
$ mplayer cdda://
to play a CD

DVD playback is pretty good, but the interface is clunky. There is no DVD menu support, so you have to know which titles you want to play. This isn't so bad for a full length movie, but for DVDs with multiple episodes it is a little annoying trying to find the one you want.

Xine and ogle offer DVD menu support and there are KDE frontends available for both.
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Thank you BSDKaffee,
It took me a while to answer because I managed to thrash my system and I had to reinstall FreeBSD.
I installed MPlayer but I'm still not able to play Cds. This is what I get when I run the command you suggested.
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freebsd# mplayer cdda://
MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.2.1 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D  CPU 2.66GHz (Family: 15, Model: 4, Stepping: 7)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.

Playing cdda://.
No stream found to handle url cdda://


Exiting... (End of file)
freebsd#
Update: I am able to play mp3, ogg, mpeg, avi files with MPlayer. I am able to play DVDs too. Only the audio CDs are not behaving.

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