Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 10-04-2004, 01:51 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 131

Rep: Reputation: 15
I am unable to play commercial DVDs on my dvd rom any suggestions?

I tried to be specific in my thread subject. It apeasrs I am unable to play commercial dvds on my dvd player. I have tried everything from Star Trek The Motion Picture to Transformers: The Movie.. Any suggestions on how to get them to play. I can play un commercial one though...I was using xine to play the non-commerical ones


Old 10-04-2004, 02:17 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 6,042

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
You will need to install dvdcss. Then re-compile xine.
Old 10-04-2004, 02:21 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Wildomar, California
Distribution: Arch Linux
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: 0
Most commercial DVDs are encrypted with something called CSS (I think it's "Content Scrambling System"). To play these discs on a Linux system you need to install something called "libdvdcss". This is not included with many Linux distributions because on legal concerns.

I use Totem Media Player and once I install the libdvdcss RPM DVDs play fine. No configuration is needed.
Old 10-04-2004, 04:07 PM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: N. E. England
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, Debian
Posts: 16,298

Rep: Reputation: 75
You only need to recompile Xine if you can't find prepackaged versions of xine and libdvdcss for your distribution.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brand New DVD Error (I cannot get Xine to play DVDs) Adrohak Linux - Software 42 08-24-2011 01:44 PM
how do I get dvd-rom to play dvds linuxuser Linux - Hardware 3 03-01-2005 07:35 AM
xine: Unable to play dvds or vcds masterweaver Linux - Software 2 09-25-2004 08:03 PM
DVD-ROM Drive cannot read DVDs, only CD-ROMs since u/grade to 10 choicebox Mandriva 8 05-26-2004 01:32 PM
DVD-ROM/CD-ROM unable to recognize debain boot CD gottfried Linux - Newbie 2 01-20-2004 12:39 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration