Getting dvd to play

Linda haniganwork at
Mon Jan 12 04:40:27 UTC 2009

H.S. wrote:
> Rashkae wrote:
>> 2.  When you try to play the dvd that doesn't work, use the 'dmesg'
>> command in a console, and look over the most recent messages for I/O
>> errors.  It's possible the dvd in question has a damaged area, or that
>> your DVD drive is simply not able to reliably read this disc.
> If the OP can read other discs without any problems, then this might be
> the issue. Recently I was watching a movie DVD on my Debian machine and
> suddenly started to get similar errors as the OP reported earlier. Upon
> close examination I noticed that the DVD has scratches (circular) at the
> problem spot (time) in the video. So, to the OP: can you please check
> the problem DVD and see if there any scratches on it?
> thanks.
I checked it out it has plenty of scratches. I'll assume this is the 
problem since the Harry Potter Movie worked and I am betting it is 
encrypted and quit playing with this until I'm sure there really is a 
problem with the set up. Not sure why xine has so much better video than 
totem but I'll go with it for now.

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