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I have limited experience with linux, I have used various live cds for hardware testing, running my folding at home farm, and have used Fedora on my media server for quite some time, so i am familiar with the basics of things but until now ive never considered using linux as a main OS for my desktops. After windows xp causing me more pain than its worth on my workstation, I decided I would try ubuntu as it seems to be the popular suggestion from many users. I have most of my software running or I am using the various versions of software installed by the distribution of 7.04.
But one thing I am not able to do is have my dvd drive detect dvd video. When I insert a dvd video (and I mean an actual legitimate dvd that I have purchased from the store) I recieve a message saying the disk is blank. I have tried the default totem player, Mplayer, and have downloaded and installed the libraries I believe that I need, including libdvdcss, libdvdread, libdvdnav, and libdvdplay. Are these the files that I need, do I need some sort of configuration to apply them? I have various codecs already installed to allow me to watch my mpeg and avi files (from my media server) already, but I am completely unaware of what I actually need to be running to allow me to pop a dvd movie in and simply watch it. When I put a data cd/dvd in it mounts as a regular cd rom and allows me to view and run things accordingly, but a dvd movie will turn up a "blank cd inserted" message.
I have looked through google for guides and tutorials but they all seem to state similar things that I have already done.
Any help would be appreciated.
I have installed both libraries and am still unable to view a dvd, when I insert a dvd movie, I still get the "blank disk inserted" message. The dvds are fine, I can view them on other pcs or players. Aside from simply installing the libraries, is there any other configuration that I need? The hardware information tab does pick up my aopen drive just fine, though I have not tried ripping/burning any media, is it possible that my drive is the problem?
The next thing I would do is install Xine and see if Xine will play your DVDs?
Xine or VLC would by my choice for watching movies, both work very well. Better than Totem or Mplayer in my opinion.
Are you sure libdvdcss2 is actually installed? Open Synaptic Package Manager(System Menu/Admin/Synaptic Package Manager)...
Do a search for "libdvdcss2". When the search comples, you should have libdvdcss2 there, with a green mark beside it, showing its installed. This may not be it, as usually you'll get an error when you try to play a DVD, and don't have libdvdcss2 installed.
mplayer and totem wont do anything with dvds on my ubuntu install, if i want to watch a film i use xine or vlc, both will play dvd discs, providing you have the right codecs and such.
there is a guide on the ubuntu forums about enabling multimedia on ubuntu, its at the top of the absolute beginner forum.
also you may want to check out medibuntu, they have methods of doing things.
with vlc or xine, just put the disc in the drive and the open vlc or xine.
for vlc click --> file --> open disc, it should detect your dvd drive automatically, at the top click on dvd (one along from dvd meus) then click ok, and it should play.
for xine, open xine and look for dvd on the little control panel that opens, and it shoudl play the dvd.
thats how i do it on ubuntu 7.04, my install will only detect blank dvds, it wont do anything with films or game dvds, which has caused me troubles as i cant install fear on 7.04 with cedega because it doesnt see the dvd drive, from what i can gather its something to do with the kernel updates, because dvd auto mounting worked on mine before the kernel was updated.
Yes, I second that last post. I have never, ever had trouble reading DVDs with VLC on Debian, Ubuntu or on any other system that I've used. I only use mplayer to open streamed .mov files, ie Quicktime, which it does very well. Apart from this, I find mplayer very ureliable. Try VLC and tell us how it goes.