Hello everyone. I'm still fairly new to linux. I started using Fedora 11 in May of 2009. I switched to Linux Mint 8 in October. Mint has a lot of nice features and its menus are a little like Windows XP. I got hacked last year, I was using Windows Vista Home Premium. I wasn't home at the time, and I had left my machine on and connected. A very nasty virus was then introduced, and it got into my boot sector. So every time i got rid of it, when i rebooted the computer it was back, and worse than before. The MS techs couldn't or wouldn't help me (par for the course). The only thing I was able to find that removed the virus for me was Linux. I was so impresssed with the abilities of the live dvd that I installed it immediately. Unfortunately I was too late to save 11,000 mp3's, about 300 avi's ripped from dvd's I had or borrowed from friends, and close to 40,000 pictures and graphics. Not to mention approximately 9,000 bucks worht of programs. That being said, I apologize for temporarily getting off the current subject. AcipRip works well for ripping dvd's in avi or mpeg format. I personally prefer avi files because they are usually only 700mb, so you can easily fit more movies on your machine than if you had them in iso's or mpeg files, both of which are usually 5 to 8 gig, depending. Plus, if you have a newer dvd player, they can play avi xvid files, so you can realistically fit 4 or 5 movies on one single 4.7 gig dvd disc. For the last three days I've been trying to rip dvd's onto my external 320 gig Seagate FreeAgent Godrive. The Avatar dvd I have is copy protected, and I am still trying to figure out how to rip it and burn it to a blank dvd. Two tries with AcidRip have yielded two avi files that play fine, but with no audio. So I am trying different audio formats under my options in the ripper program. I have used almost every authoring, ripping, burning, and converting program in the package manager's arsenal of video program packages. They all work well for certain things. I'm still working with them. I've had to resort to writing everything down on paper as i try things, keeping track of my settings, options I used, etc. Once you have the dvd ripped into an avi or mpeg file, ManDVD does an excellent job of generating a dvd structure and uses either K3b or your default burner program (it allows you to choose which one) to burn it to dvd. I've done three movies so far. They play fine, although Clash of the Titans audio and video seems to become unsynced every ten minutes as I watch it on my brother's Symphonic dvd player. It doesn't happen on my Memorex dvd player. So the brand of dvd player also becomes a factor in the equation, as to whether or not the video will play. At any rate, the RCE copy protection on the store purchased Avatar dvd I own is giving me an extremely hard time. I will be back with an update on the situation as soon as I try some other programs and options, providing I am able to come up with a solution. DVD Shrink seems to work well using Wine to run it in Linux Mint, as it is a Windows program. The resulting rip plays fine with Gnome player and Mplayer, but I have yet to find a program that will shrink the vob file small enough for it to fit on a 4.7gb dvd disc, because the file is 6.8 gig, and I have no 8 gig dual layer discs. Devede will shrink the file to 4.1 gig, but when i try to burn it to dvd i get errors with the audio, or the video file drops are too extreme and writing fails. In the mean time, if any of yall have any ideas I am open to suggestions. I'm in Texas, and it's so hot my brain is frying as I sit here trying to figure this out. I'm getting tired of thinking. lol, sorry for writing a book instead of just a couple sentences. I tend to get "wordy" when I'm frustrated.