movie dvds not being recognized

Constantinos Maltezos pandarsson at
Sat Mar 1 17:57:26 UTC 2008

On Saturday 01 March 2008 9:09:05 Derek Broughton wrote:
> Jared Greenwald wrote:
> > Do you have libdvdcss2 installed?
> and regionset - it turns out most DVDs don't have a region set at the
> factory.
> --
> derek

I did not have that installed.  I'm assuming that since I have installed it, I 
should run it as root, correct?  (I got an error when I tried to do it 
otherwise.)  And then I should try every possible region (1-8) until I get 
it, I suppose.  But if my drive's region isn't set, why can I get some dvds 
to work?  And those that I can get to work, why do they usually also get read 
as black cd-r's?

On my other computer, I've never had trouble playing dvds.  Even when playing 
dvds of different regions, there wasn't much problem.  Even when I did put in 
a European format dvd (I'm in America - I know one is PAL and the other is 
something like NTSC) it at least read it as a dvd before telling me it had 
the wrong region, after which I could change the region without root.  And 
I'm talking about dvds that Kubuntu on this computer will not recognize as 
dvds at all.  The other computer has another flavor of Linux.

Could it be that it doesn't like my drive?  The drive is probably pretty 
standard for a Compaq Presario and this problem isn't *that* common.

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