Originally Posted by tux99
I have trouble getting DVDFab 18.104.22.168 to detect my DVD drive using wine 1.1.19.
I'm trying to use DVDFab for the first time as I have come across a DVD that k9copy doesn't want to back up (lots of 'Medium errors', despite the DVD is scratch-free and plays fine in my standalone DVD player, obviously some crude copy protection scheme).
DVDfab starts up fine but it never shows my DVD drive.
I have configured the DVD drive in winecfg as E: mapped to /dev/hdb, type CDROM.
Is there anything else I need to do to get DVDfab to see my DVD drive?
First, you should basically always use the latest Wine (be aware of regressions in new versions), which is currently 1.1.27-http://www.winehq.org/site/download
and use the Autodetect drives option in the Winecfg GUI (Drives tab) to detect/set up your optical drives.
Second, you should always use the latest DVDFab, currently 22.214.171.124http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm
Newish DVD releases may use new anti-rip tricks that older Fab versions can't handle.
Third, in all the time I've used DVDfab on Ubuntu under Wine, Fab has never reliably auto-detected DVD insertions into the DVD drive after Fab is already running- could be the optical drive auto mount daemon used by Ubuntu or some interaction between the drive mount daemon and Wine and/or Fab. IMGburn under Wine on my same setup always auto-detects disc insertions, so its probably something to do with Fab's disc detection routines not getting along well with Wine's drive handling routines.
The process I follow is to first insert the DVD, let it mount to the desktop (Gnome in my case), THEN launch DVDfab, which should nearly always find the DVD in the drive automatically when it starts. If it doesn't see the disc, exit Fab, eject and re-insert the DVD, then launch Fab again.
If you have multiple discs to rip, you need to exit Fab after a disc is done, insert the next DVD, let it mount to the desktop, then launch Fab again. It sounds like a hassle, but after a few times, it's not really any extra effort, assuming you have an icon on the desktop for DVDfab, since Fab saves all settings and paths in the GUI. You shouldn't have to change anything when you re-launch Fab.
Other distros may work with Fab better for auto detecting DVD disc changes while Fab is running if they handle optical drive mounting differently, YMMV.