I recently upgraded my Dell Inspiron 5558 to Ubuntu 18.04. Ever since the upgrade, the DVD drive keeps opening automatically at random times. How do I resolve this issue?
Does Ubuntu 18.04 have the
setcd package available? If it is, install it and then run:
sudo setcd -s /dev/sr0
It should output something like this:
/dev/sr0: Auto close tray: cleared Auto open tray: cleared Use O_NONBLOCK flag: set Lock tray: set Check CD type: cleared
If "Auto open tray" says "set" instead, running
sudo setcd -o0 /dev/sr0 should fix your problem until the next reboot.
The root cause might be a tool in your desktop environment that can be used to mount removable disks. It polls the DVD drive every now and then. If the "Auto open tray" is set, the tray will open when the poll is done and the tool stops accessing the drive.
If disabling the "auto open" feature helps you, you might want to disable the "auto close" feature too, as it might try and close the drive just when you're about to place a disc on the tray. I had this problem with my system back in Debian 7 or so with KDE.
Ubuntu 18.04 has
systemd, so probably the best way to make these settings persistent is to create a service file to run the necessary
setcd command at boot time.
So, create a file in
/etc/systemd/system with a descriptive name and a
.service suffix. For example, let's call it
/etc/systemd/system/dvd-stop-open.service. The contents of the file should be:
[Unit] Description=Disable DVD auto-open Documentation=man:setcd(1) [Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/usr/bin/setcd -o0 /dev/sr0 RemainAfterExit=yes [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Once the service file is created, enable the service:
sudo systemctl enable dvd-stop-open.service
Test by starting the service and verifying that the
Active: field in service status says
sudo systemctl start dvd-stop-open.service systemctl status dvd-stop-open.service