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

Nigel Henry cave.dnb2m97pp at aliceadsl.fr
Mon Feb 9 21:59:07 UTC 2009

On Sunday 08 February 2009 17:06, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> 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
> issue.
> 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

Hi Marius.

Keeping in mind that I'm on dialup, can you provide a link to a short movie 
that I can download, and I'll give it a try on Intrepids vlc. As regards 
audio output, Alsa, pulseaudio, OSS make no difference, and Intrepids vlc 
just grinds to a halt after some 9secs of playback. If I then move the 
progress bar it will play a few more seconds of sound and video, then comes 
to a halt again.

I've never had this before with vlc.


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