[ubuntu-uk] DVD playback

norman norman at littletank.org
Fri Apr 18 19:54:45 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 libdvdcss.
> 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

I had a similar error message and I was told to do :-

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh


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