media player

Henk Terhell hterhell at
Sun Apr 20 15:54:41 UTC 2014

That is useful information.
The next item to sort out for me is why audio in VLC for linux starts 
with track 10 (if present) while track 1 follows track 19 and so on. ..
Never experienced this in windows.


Israel schreef op 20-4-2014 14:22:
> Ok, yeah... the commands as follows:
> sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 regionset vlc
> this installs the dvd reading library, the region setting program and vlc
> sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
> this installs the content srcambling decoder (DRM videos have css 
> which scrambles the content)
> sudo ln -s /dev/scd0 /dev/dvd
> this makes a symbolic link (you can think of it like a bookmark) from 
> your scd0 to your dvd directory for vlc (and other programs)
> sudo regionset
> this one is kinda dangerous.  you can only do this one a certain 
> amount of times, before your DVD player is permenantly the region you 
> specify.  using 0 is generally a good choice, as it lets you watch 
> 'any' DVD.
>   The only command you probably needed to run was the one to install 
> the decoder.  The restricted package brings in libdvdread4, and you 
> had vlc already.... and since you could watch dvds on your mint 
> install your dvd drive must have had the right region code.... however 
> you may have had to link the srcd0 to the dvd directory (or I suppose 
> you could tell vlc to look there instead of /dev/dvd).
> Glad you figured it out!!  Hope my commentary makes it easier to 
> understand what you did (if you ever need to do this again)
> On 04/20/2014 03:45 AM, Henk Terhell wrote:
>> 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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