Vlc won't play DVD's on Ubuntu, or Kubuntu Intrepid

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Sun Feb 8 16:06:59 UTC 2009

On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 06:23:40PM +0100, Nigel Henry wrote:
> I have vlc installed on both my Ubuntu, and Kubuntu Intrepid 8.10 installs, 
> but vlc will not play dvd's. It finds the optical drive ok, and I get the 
> menu up for the dvd, but only about a half second of sound, and video play, 
> then it stalls. If I press on play the movie, again I get about a half second 
> of sound and video, then the movie stops playing.

I've seen a problem like that, except that I wasn't playing a DVD, and
it was not vlc.  In my case it was a problem with sound, and, IIRC,
restarting pulseaudio and making sure the player talked to it solved the

Can you try and narrow it down?  E.g. can VLC play movies that aren't
DVDs?  What audio output device does it use (ALSA, pulseaudio, OSS)?

Marius Gedminas
I used to be an agnostic, but now I'm not so sure.
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