[ubuntu-uk] DVD playback

Farran fazzy.baboon at ntlworld.com
Fri Apr 18 18:29:31 BST 2008

hello everyone again...
got ANOTHER problem (oh the woes of Linux :/)
DVDs will not play at all. I've tried everything I know without going
out of my comfort zone - I presumed I could make it work in that zone
because I've done it before! However, I can't.
I had all the gstreamer plugins installed that it would allow, and
several other packages related to dvd playback. I knew I also needed
libdvdcss(2?) installed, but I can't find it in the repos.
As I've also been having several issues with gstreamer, I replaced it
with the xine engine, which claims everything comes bundled with it -
but it still didin't work.
Lastly I downloaded libdvdcss1.2.9.tar.gz from somewhere
and ./configure, make, make install-ed it (only recently discovered that
cos it never worked on my laptop!), and now the plugin/library thing
resides in /usr/lib/local (I think - got no access currently to it).
However, none of the dvd programs point to it to play back; xine asks
for something to handle the MRL://, which I presumed it could already do
as a media player, and totem asks if I'm trying to play a dvd without

think I've just found the answer actually, but it seems a bit obvious so
I'll post this anyway just to see what comes up :D


Farran Lee
I'm only 15 :-P
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