[mythtv-users] problems with mythtv

Stroller linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Sat Feb 24 14:00:41 UTC 2007

On 23 Feb 2007, at 15:47, Jared Greenwald wrote:
> ...
> in an attempt to working around the transcoded image problem  
> mentioned above, I tried making an ISO image for playback.  About  
> 1/4 of the way into ripping, the mtd rip progress screen just  
> closes and returns back to the main rip menu.  Looking through the  
> logs, I'm getting a TON of buffer I/O errors coming from my DVD  
> drive.  I've used this DVD drive for a few years, so its possible  
> that its going bad, but it seems rather out of the blue.  Has  
> anyone else run into similar situations?

"Buffer I/O errors" coming from optical drives are very common - I'd  
be surprised if no-one else on the list has experienced them. A  
comprehensive search of <http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/ 
users/> might be illuminating, although I have to confess that I'm  
not seeing terribly informative answers within the first couple of  
pages of search results (for a couple of different search terms).  
Possibly pasting the error message into Google would tell you more?

But in order to establish that the problem is software you need to  
test with a different DVD drive & some different movies, too. DVD  
drives are VERY cheap these days, and I'd expect you can borrow one  
from a friend or another computer in your house; at a few years old  
I'd expect to see "dust on the lens" of any optical drive.

Also, there are reports on here of recent movies which feature "copy  
protection". As I understand it they contain blank frames which a  
regular DVD player will just skip over, but which will cause a  
computer to loop indefinitely trying to read them (or something like  
that). This _sounds_ like the sort of error you _might_ see with such  
a movie, so it would be beneficial to try ripping a DVD you bought 2  
or 3 years ago, in order to eliminate that possibility.


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