Getting dvd to play

Linda haniganwork at
Sun Jan 11 03:24:01 UTC 2009

Nigel Henry wrote:
> On Saturday 10 January 2009 21:25, Linda wrote:
>> I finally got around to installing a dvd player. I followed the
>> instructions for Resticted Formats Playing DVD someone posted for me
>> last week, but I get an error message from Totem Movie Player that it
>> can not read from resource.
>> If I try to play a commercial dvd  from VLC  I get  a title page showing
>> the movies title with a choice to play movie and some other things but
>> in about 1 second it disappears and I have the choice to push play pause
>> etc across the top and a blank white box. If I push play it repeats
>> title then blank screen
>> At this point I can play a home movie dvd with Totem or VLC although it
>> does give me a green stripe across the bottom of the frame.
>> Can anyone give me any suggestions on how to get the commercial dvds to
>> play?
>> In your opinion which program is the best choice for playing DVD there
>> are quite a few of them?
>>                             Thanks
>>                              Linda
> Hi Linda.
> Have you installed the libdvdcss2 package , which is necessary for decrypting 
> most commercial dvd's. You can get it from the medibuntu repo, details below.
> Do an apt-get install medibuntu-keyring
> This will get you the keys for the medibuntu repo.
> Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list.d
> deb intrepid free non-free
> Now do an apt-get update, then, apt get install libdvdcss2
> As to which app works best, all I can say is that usually I find VLC works 
> best, but ironically on both Ubuntu, and Kubuntu Intrepid 8.10, I can't get 
> it to play a DVD at all. Anyway we'll leave that aside, as I'm working on it, 
> and have other distros on the same machine where VLC works with no problems.
> I do though have both Totem, and Ogle playing DVD's ok on Ubuntu Intrepid 
> 8.10.
> All the best.
> Nigel.
Yes  I installed libdvdcss2  I tried again just in case but it shows
libdvdcss2 is already the newest version.
Any other ideas?

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