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Laptop CD player, audio CDs, no sound (Fedora 8)

 I've got an Acer TravelMate 4202WLMi with a "DVD-Super Multi" drive.  Up 
until recently, everything was working swimmingly, but of course 
something unidentified changed and now I can't play audio CDs. 

I first noticed the problem when trying to rip a few CDs.  Using Grip I 
could see that apparently it wasn't reading any audio data off the CD; 
it would spin for a few seconds, give up and move on to the next track. 
  I can't play the CD directly, regardless of the application I use 
(Grip, Amarok, VLC, etc). 

I can read data off of a CD with no problem (for example, opening and 
reading a text file on a CD).  I can play audio that is already on the 
hard drive of the machine - also no problem.  But there seems to be a 
disconnect here and my suspicion is that it's software-based rather than 
a hardware problem.  Any suggestions on where to look first? 


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