media player

Henk Terhell hterhell at
Sat Apr 19 21:24:13 UTC 2014

There are more problems with playing DVD's as I thought before. Many of 
my DVD's (region 2) will not play at all in 64-bit Lubuntu 14.04 with 
any of the media players  (VLC, Parole) though I had downloaded the 
available codecs files from the Lubuntu software center .
Switching to 32-bit Mint 16 with LXDE desktop (which is also on the same 
PC) , all DVD's so far can be started  if VLC is selected from the autorun.
It looks that I need to file a bug report.

Henk Terhell schreef op 19-4-2014 17:50:
> Thanks Irael for your help.
> Israel schreef op 19-4-2014 14:17:
>> Hi,
>> On 04/18/2014 05:06 PM, Henk Terhell wrote:
>>> Happy to have installed 14.04 now on my desktop and old laptop but 
>>> upgrading from 12.04 was not very smooth. Only a complete overwrite 
>>> worked out OK. On my  laptop I forgot to put the wireless connection 
>>> on when upgrading to 14.04 ( I assumed I could do this afterward) 
>>> and had to reinstall again as I couldn't find a way to find the router.
>> Sorry you encountered the issue.  Unfortunately I do not know how to 
>> answer this, though a bug report might help the developers.  It may 
>> be unrelated to Lubuntu specifically, and be more related to your 
>> wireless card.
> Now I understand it was related to the missing nm-applet, so no 
> further action is needed.
>>> There is a problem with media playing in 14.04 which I hadn't notice 
>>> in 12.04: VLC player won't start a CD or DVD until it is ejected 
>>> first from PCManFM in the left column.
>> Do you have PCManFM handle mounting volumes automatically? I found 
>> using thunar --daemon in my startup applications worked well for 
>> autoplaying DVDs when I insert them, but unfortunately PCManFM 
>> doesn't yet have the ability to automatically open a program when 
>> media is inserted.
> Yes, mounting devices automatically seems to be on. I have installed 
> thunar now. Most useful as indeed it does show all tracks of the 
> CD/DVD from which you can start VLC and it actually works, Clicking on 
> the individual wav files from within PCManFM causes an error message 
> in VLC.
>>> Also VLC won't start when a CD or DVD was present at start-up 
>>> although BIOS is set to boot from the hard disk. With BIOS setting 
>>> at CD/DVD reading first, the system won't even boot when a movie DVD 
>>> is present, but that is a handicap quickly learned to overcome.
>>> Reinstalling VLC didn't solve anything
>>> Henk
>> The system not booting when a movie is in seems to be a firmware 
>> issue for your BIOS, it seems unlikely that this issue is related to 
>> Lubuntu.  Did this used to work, but now is broken?
> Not sure, but after resetting the BIOS to boot from hard disk there 
> are still sometimes crashes in starting up the system when a disk is 
> present in the tray, so I should avoid that. I had not seen this 
> before nor does it show up in starting mint 16/LXDE from grub. But 
> also in mint 16 the problem exists that vlc cannot be restarted unless 
> after playing the disk is ejected first either manually or from 
> PCManFM, so that likely is an issue of this file manager.

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