First off, I am not a computer expert. I have a Lenovo Z61T notebook that originally had 32 bit XP that I upgraded to 64 bit Windows Vista. I absolutely hated it, and Windows would not recognize that I had a CD drive at all (It is a removable modular drive.), and I couldn’t find 64 bit drivers. My brother recommended I try Linux. I tried Kubuntu (the CD drive works perfectly from boot.) I never knew what I was missing. It was great. Then occasionally the optical drive would not work at all. Sometimes it would make it half way through a movie, and peter out. Sometimes it would do strange things like open up the special features int the middle of the movie with no input from me. I tried probably close to a dozen different movie players and none of them made it any better. I tried to play movies in GNOME instead of KDE. I tried gstreamer and xine backends. I tried VLC, which seemed to work the best, but still not great. I tried to put OpenSuse on to see if Kubuntu was the problem, and not knowing how to set up two distros on the same machine the right way, I ended up with OpenSuse taking over my computer. Which is fine, I really like OpenSuse, but the problem still comes and goes.
I don’t know if the problem is software, drivers, or hardware related. Multiple operating systems and many different players didn’t solve the problem, and as I said earlier, the drive works perfect when you boot a disk from it. Linux definitely helped, OpenSuse maybe works better than Kubuntu did. Whatever the problem is, it’s way over my head. Something to note, I’ve only used 64 bit operating systems, could switching to 32 bit OpenSuse do anything? My laptop is currently the only way I have to watch DVD movies, and I would greatly appreciate any help I can get.