media player

Henk Terhell hterhell at
Sun Apr 20 08:45:33 UTC 2014

Thanks again, Israel, for your input.
I haven't reinstalled the 32-bit version of VLC but I read an 
instruction for commands to solve this on a page of
I have no idea what these commands are doing, but it solved my problem: 
all DVD's so far are now accepted by VLC as in Mint 16!
I didn't change the region code of the player. For some reason this 
command was refused, but who cares.

For several reasons, I like to stay with Lubuntu 14.04 rather than use 
Mint 16/LXDE.

Israel schreef op 20-4-2014 02:59:

> If I remember correctly there is a setting in VLC for changing the 
> region.  But I can't remember where you can change it.  I wonder why 
> 64bit has this problem, though.  It may require something that is not 
> pulled in in the 64bit version.  You can install the 32bit version of 
> VLC in lubuntu by choosing the :i386 version of the package.
> You might test that to see if it works as well... That is an odd bug 
> to encounter :(
> On 04/19/2014 04:24 PM, Henk Terhell wrote:
>> 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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