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Old 03-11-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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DVD Playback in Ubuntu 8.10

I am 4 weeks old in Ubuntu and the only thing I can't seem to figure out is original DVD playback. I've tried multiple players, added libdvdcss, medibuntu and still no luck. I've read a lot (restricted formats and others) and I've tried everything I've found. Since I'm still new to Linux I don't fully understand how things are structured and 20 years of DOS/Windows makes it harder to think in Linux.

I have a LG DVD drive which I believe is compatible with Ubuntu. I'm stumped since everything else has been surprisingly simple and straightforward. What I'd like to do is play my DVDs in VLC as I like that player the best. The backup copies of the kids' movies play no problem. Thanks in advance for any help.

Here is the error I get in VLC. Similar ones come up in Mplayer and Totem.

Playback failure:
DVDRead could not open the disk "/dev/scd0".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvdsimple:///dev/scd0'. Check the log for details.

Here are the specs on my drive while I have an original DVD in the drive

description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVD-RAM GSA-H22N
vendor: HL-DT-ST
physical id: 1
bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvd2
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/scd0
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: 1.02
serial: [HL-DT-STDVD-RAM GSA-H22N1.0207/01/31
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc

Last edited by msuleyman; 03-11-2009 at 09:55 PM. Reason: Additional Info
Old 03-12-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Under Administration--> Software Sources, make sure you have the first 4 options selected, then from the commandline do:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Originally Posted by msuleyman View Post
...[snip] VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvdsimple:///dev/scd0'. Check the log for details...[/snip]
Did you check the log? It should be in your home/username/.vlc folder. Use Ctrl & H (or edit--> show hidden files) to see the .vlc folder.

If you don't understand the logfile post its contents to this thread.
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I will try what you suggested then check the log file and see what it says. I didn't know where to find it. I'll keep you posted.
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Can't find the .vlc folder. home/user/ has everything but .vlc. Could it be somewhere else?


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