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Old 03-11-2018, 08:36 PM   #1
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Can't get VLC to play a movie


When I put in a movie, the DVD player hums and whirls, but no movie. I press the play button, I get the message below!
If I press the playback>play, I get the same message.
Any help would be appreciated!

Quote:
Playback failure:
DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/sr0".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details.
Playback failure:
DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/sr0".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details.
Any help would be appreciated!
 
Old 03-11-2018, 08:40 PM   #2
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You need video codecs. What distro are you using?
 
Old 03-11-2018, 09:35 PM   #3
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You need video codecs. What distro are you using?
its posted in Debian so I'm guessing Debian.
 
Old 03-11-2018, 09:47 PM   #4
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Check the log for details
What does the log say?

Also, since the error messages refer to a DVD, it's possible there might be DRM issues. Accordingly, it might be helpful to know what movie.

Last edited by frankbell; 03-11-2018 at 09:49 PM.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 01:38 AM   #5
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You will also need the libdvdcss, which is not in the default debian repos
https://wiki.debian.org/CDDVD#Video_DVD
 
Old 03-12-2018, 02:45 AM   #6
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I have debian 9.3. I installed using apt-get, and have just tried to update/upgrade and it is the most recent/updated version! How do I find the logs? I can get back to you with that info if I can find the logs.
The movie is "Return to Snowy River."

as far as obtaining libdvdcss:
Quote:
from the libdvd-pkg package (available in contrib starting from stretch and jessie-backports): this is an helper package that downloads, checks and compiles the sources from upstream and creates a .deb package.
Code:
sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libdvd-pkg is already the newest version (1.4.0-1-2).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 06:47 AM   #7
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How do I find the logs?
this question crops up every now and then.
I have now made a blog post to answer it in all detail: http://dt.iki.fi/vlc-log
 
Old 03-12-2018, 10:12 AM   #8
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Why don't you just get the deb from deb-multimedia and install it by hand?
The libdvd-pkg is just a bunch of scripts that downloads, compiles, packages installs the same thing.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 02:11 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by MJ73 View Post
I have debian 9.3. I installed using apt-get, and have just tried to update/upgrade and it is the most recent/updated version! How do I find the logs? I can get back to you with that info if I can find the logs.
The movie is "Return to Snowy River."

as far as obtaining libdvdcss:

Code:
sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libdvd-pkg is already the newest version (1.4.0-1-2).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
you have to run libdvd-pkg so it will build libdvdcss (also make sure contrib is enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list)....warned about legal stuff and all in your area.
Code:
dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
 
Old 03-13-2018, 09:41 PM   #10
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@ondoho - OK, I tried the tools>messages - on verbosity 1 it is blank, on verbosity 2, same results. It has some stuff in the "modules tree" tab, but won't copy and paste, but if you need that I'll go back and write it down and post it.

@ jim p - I'll look into the deb multimedia and try that out.

@ ChuangTzu -
Code:
$ dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
bash: dpkg-reconfigure: command not found
xxxxxxx~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
[sudo] password for xxxxxxxx: 
libdvd-pkg: guest package [libdvdcss2/1.4.0-1~local] is already installed.
So it's already installed. any more ideas?
 
Old 03-13-2018, 09:46 PM   #11
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Head dirty scratchy dvd,bad connection, run down the hardware check list of possibilities yet?
 
Old 03-14-2018, 02:38 PM   #12
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@ondoho - OK, I tried the tools>messages - on verbosity 1 it is blank, on verbosity 2, same results. It has some stuff in the "modules tree" tab, but won't copy and paste, but if you need that I'll go back and write it down and post it.

@ jim p - I'll look into the deb multimedia and try that out.

@ ChuangTzu -
Code:
$ dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
bash: dpkg-reconfigure: command not found
xxxxxxx~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
[sudo] password for xxxxxxxx: 
libdvd-pkg: guest package [libdvdcss2/1.4.0-1~local] is already installed.
So it's already installed. any more ideas?
apt remove "packages" then start over again
 
Old 03-14-2018, 11:44 PM   #13
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apt remove "packages" then start over again
Thanks, I guess that's the best option at this point, I appreciate that!
MJ73
 
Old 03-15-2018, 01:59 AM   #14
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@ondoho - OK, I tried the tools>messages - on verbosity 1 it is blank, on verbosity 2, same results. It has some stuff in the "modules tree" tab, but won't copy and paste, but if you need that I'll go back and write it down and post it.
in that case i'd say your dvd is not at /dev/sr0. have you checked where it actually is?
or maybe the disk really cannot be played for hardware reasons. have you checked (other players, file manager, other OS)?
or maybe it is not a standard DVD but something else entirely. have you checked with other DVDs known to be working?
 
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:31 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by MJ73 View Post
I have debian 9.3. I installed using apt-get, and have just tried to update/upgrade and it is the most recent/updated version! How do I find the logs? I can get back to you with that info if I can find the logs.
The movie is "Return to Snowy River."

as far as obtaining libdvdcss:

Code:
sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libdvd-pkg is already the newest version (1.4.0-1-2).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
that did the trick !
thanks

Code:
$ sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

Last edited by mike acker; 07-03-2019 at 01:33 PM. Reason: amendment
 
  


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