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Old 07-05-2017, 09:19 PM   #1
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Cannot play a particular DVD on my Linux Computer


I have looked {{via duckduckgo.com}} on a websearch for a solution with no success.

I have already installed libdvdcss2 version 1.3.0-dmo1 on my computer.

I am able to run every other DVD I own on my computer, but one DVD in particular... my Linux computer doesn't recognize that there is ANYTHING written to the DVD.

I am able to run it on a standalone legitimate DVD player device.

My playstation runs it.

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Simple question.... What's up with this DVD?
I find it hard to believe that this DVD hates Linux.
How can I view this particular DVD?

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Thank you for reading my question.

This more of a puzzle than anything else, as I have purchased a different version of the DVD {{Hey, it was cheap, no worries}} but I want to learn how to solve this problem so I can stop thinking about it.

Have a good day!
 
Old 07-05-2017, 09:23 PM   #2
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I suspect that it is a system in use that doesn't have a way to be cracked. Linux doesn't pay for the legal right to read a dvd. It uses ways to bypass encryption.

You will have to pay for decryption as in dvd player or win/mac solution is my guess.
 
Old 07-05-2017, 09:42 PM   #3
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ls command does not show anything?
 
Old 07-05-2017, 11:22 PM   #4
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If it's a game it might be written in HFS. Libdvdcss is for video DVDs.
 
Old 07-06-2017, 12:40 AM   #5
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First: ls doesn't show squat. It doesn't register that there is nothing on the DVD, that it is an empty DVD.

Second: It is a movie, the original "Night of the Living Dead", 1968 movie, well worth watching..... if you are a manly man!

Third: Like I has said, I bought another copy that does register on my computer, so no worries, it was cheap. But, >>SIGH<< I was trying to get the first DVD to work and couldn't, and so I asked. And I do, sort of, understand that Linux is very "non-standard", even though most of the Internet is running on Linux servers, but why do some companies treat Linux so badly?

Booger.

Thank you for your responses, and I will use Linux and damn WiNdOwS and Crapple forever, and damn the consequences, since Linux is freedom!
 
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I have this same issue with two Numb3rs DVDs which won't open on either of my Linux machines which have DVD drives. Out of interest, when you say you bought another copy I take it it's a different edition? If not it may just be that the disc is scratched just enough that the DVD drive in your computer can't read it -- I've seen that before.
 
Old 07-06-2017, 07:49 AM   #7
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"Out of interest, when you say you bought another copy I take it it's a different edition?"

Yes, I bought a different edition of the same (classic) movie. I initially bough the "cheapest" edition, and I bought another edition and it worked.

The computer would not register that the DVD had anything on it, but it worked on other machines. BUT, I go for MONTHS without even using the television, as my apartment is configured around my computer....

.... Yes, I admit, I am a geek and I am proud of that fact!
 
Old 07-06-2017, 07:55 AM   #8
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Well... I have accepted the fact that some heretical companies do not consider Linux as a viable option.
Sadly, I am going to close this query out, because I realize that Jefro is correct and that because Linux does not pay blood money for their proprietary nonsense, that this particular DVD is, unjustifiably, unusable by the proud Linux community.

BLAH!
 
Old 07-06-2017, 08:10 AM   #9
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Well... I have accepted the fact that some heretical companies do not consider Linux as a viable option.
Sadly, I am going to close this query out, because I realize that Jefro is correct and that because Linux does not pay blood money for their proprietary nonsense, that this particular DVD is, unjustifiably, unusable by the proud Linux community.
In this case, though, it probably has nothing to do with any 'legalities', software, or OS, but rather: you bought a cheap copy. Chances are it was an illegal rip to start with, and you got this version because it was cheap. Could be any number of things wrong with it.

Since you can play other DVD's just fine, including this movie on a better copy, then it's not the DVD playing system, but the DVD itself. I have some old Kodak PhotoCD's from years ago that are loaded with pictures, but if I shove them into my CD/DVD drive, they too come up blank. Nothing to do with the software/OS, but its not a format thats recognized, so it shows up blank. Your stand alone DVD player probably works, because they are one-trick ponies; they do one thing well, and that's it. Either it allows the region/encryption to work or it doesn't; again, back to 'cheap copy is broken'.
 
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I don't know about the OP but I can tell you the DVDs I have issues with are brand-new original and official. I agree though that they're likely faulty in some way that stand-alone players may be able to play them (don't know as I don't have one). I also have 1 DVD of the Generation Kill boxed set that I can't rip but can play -- I suspect for similar reasons.
 
Old 07-06-2017, 02:07 PM   #11
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The DVD which I have bought, as most DVDs I purchase, came from Amazon.com.
So, it is probably not an illegal copy.

,,, just saying....
 
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The DVD which I have bought, as most DVDs I purchase, came from Amazon.com. So, it is probably not an illegal copy.

,,, just saying....
Didn't know that until you said where it was from, so speculation...but the "cheap copy" still stands. I've gotten some sketchy DVD's of older/rare stuff from Amazon before, especially when buying through one of their 'partners'. Just saying.
 
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I guess there may be a way to show what type of encryption is on the disc.

As with any disc, a slight variation between the burn and the reader could cause issue.

Could be an oddity of production.

Now that we got more information we are still not a lot closer to the solution.

Thanks for the updates.
 
  


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