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Old 06-09-2003, 07:36 AM   #1
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DVD/CDROM problems

Up till now I have never needed/wanted to watch a DVD on my Linux box (I have a DVD player for that) but since my player went on the blink I thought I would set this up. Thats when my problems started.


Downloaded mplayer tarball and win32 codecs and went for an install; multiple missing files. Didn't fancy trying to track down all those files so...

Downloaded xine and xine_ui rpm's and installed. Tested could play various video files. Everything looked OK. Had to set up a symlink to my DVD player so checked with dmesg:

hdb: Pioneer DVD-ROM ATAPIModel DVD-114 0125, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive

and then created the symlink:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 Jun 8 23:47 /dev/dvd -> /dev/hdb

Everything should now be OK, so stuck in a DVD ('Family Guy' if you are interested) and ran xine and pressed the DVD button on the UI.

libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 1-beta12 from
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.6 for DVD access
libdvdnav: Can't seek to block 32
libdvdnav: Unable to find map file '/home/gary/.dvdnav/.map'
libdvdread: Can't seek to block 256
libdvdread: Can't seek to block 256
libdvdread: Can't open file VIDEO_TS.IFO.
libdvdnav: vm: faild to read VIDEO_TS.IFO

xine-check reports [good] on all checks.

Played around with this for a while but still couldn't see a reference to the missing map file, and didn't think that was causing my problem.

Then the lightbulb finally came on and I installed apt4rpm (forgot to install this again when I put RH9 on) and then one quick apt-get update, apt-get install mplayer, and I thought I was in business. _thought_

mplayer -dvd 1


Playing DVD title 1
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.6 for DVD access
Reading disc structure, please wait...
libdvdread: Can't seek to block 256
libdvdread: Can't seek to block 256
libdvdread: Can't open file VIDEO_TS.IFO.
Can't open VMG info!

OK so now I have tried both Xine and mplayer and failed to get them to work. I then decide to check that my actual DVD access is working so stick in a LinuxFormat DVD. Checking with dmesg I get:

cdrom: This disc doesn't have any tracks I recognize!

so it looks like maybe the drive access is the problem rather than the software.

Anybody any ideas as to how to get this to work?

All help gratefully received.

Old 06-09-2003, 08:59 AM   #2
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Try a different dvd and see what happens.
Old 06-09-2003, 10:58 AM   #3
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Fixed it.

The problem was relating to the firmware version on the DVD drive. There was a reference to it at:

The link there led me to the Pioneer website where I downloaded the latest firmware upgrade (went from 125 to 206).

I downloaded a DOS bootdisk image and dd'd onto a floppy and then cp'd the firmware upgrade files to it. Rebooted into DOS (from the disk), flashed the firmware, and then rebooted again.

Both xine and mplayer are now playing all my DVD's just fine.

Off to watch Family Guy (can't believe it got cancelled, its miles funnier than The Simpsons and South Park) ;>

Old 06-09-2003, 06:47 PM   #4
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Family Guy ROX!!! Its got the edge everything else misses, uh... or somethin!
Stewies the man ;D

btw Does apt4rpm solve *ahem* "rpm-hell"?
Cheers, Klod
Old 06-09-2003, 08:59 PM   #5
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>> Does apt4rpm solve *ahem* "rpm-hell"?

Yes, not all but alot ;-)

Have fun :-)


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