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hiya.... having a couple of problems playing dvds wondering if someone could help...
i download mplayer from linuxpackages.net -went right down the list of all the other stuff i had to install for it... installpkg on it all... then tries to play a dvd... mplayer opens... screen gets black for a second- then all i'm left with is the control panel and no screen... and it doesn't appear to be playing. tried xine and get an error message.....
no demuxer plugin availble to handle root/desktop/dvd-rom device - i'm guessing mplayer's problem *might* be the same thing? not sure what to adjust...lol. anyways... any ideas anyone?
Have you installed libdvdcss? Also, check to see which device in the /dev directory that mplayer is trying to use for the dvd player. If it is /dev/dvd, do an ls -l /dev/dvd and see if it is a symlink to your dvd drive. If not, either make /dev/dvd a symlink to the right device, or just have mplayer to straight to the the device, ie /dev/hdc, where c is the letter of your dvd drive.
-did it... didn't do anything.... tried as user... was trying from the outset as root (i know you're not suppose to be root all the time... just being root untill i get everything config-ed right...) doesn't play dvds as root or as user. i stick the dvd in there... open mplayer try to play it- same deal. same with xine. -but thanks... got anymore ideas? lol....
I am not quite sure, if your are trying to watch the movie in console with mplayer, or in X. I have never found a good slackware package for mplayer, because to reduce the size of the package, the packager leaves out codecs, and in mplayer when you add a new codec you have to recompile, and you can not recompile from a package. Sorry about that just a little rant, now back to the problem. Some else mentioned that you need libdvdcss, make sure you have that correctly installed. Also I am not sure if any one else said this (I read through the other posts kinda fast), but make sure you have support for UDF in your kernel. Good Luck.
i've tried playing dvds in mplayer... xine.... gxine.... none of them work.... that's the problem...lol.... i'm using kernal 2.4.26 ... the one that came with slackware... what's udf? and how does on make sure it is inabled?
UDF is the filesystem for DVD's, like the filesystem for CD's is ISO9660. I for get what is stands for, if anything. I guess one way to check would be to look through your /usr/src/linux/.config but that would be a pain. So go to /usr/src/linux and type make menuconfig, then go to Filesystems. Scroll down the list with the arrow keys and look for "UDF file system support (read only)" make sure that has a * or M next to it. A * means that it is built in to the kernel, a M means that it is compiled as a module. If it has an M next to it, then the module is not loaded. To load it type /sbin/modprobe udf, with no errors try to play the dvd. If you do not have a * or M next to "UDF file system support (read only)" then you have to recompile your kernel. DaOne has wrote a great article for this it is a sticky at the front page of this Slackware Forum. Good Luck.