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Old 11-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Question im trying to play dvds w/ ubuntu

I've been trying to get my computer to play dvds using totem movie player but i keep getting a error message that says "could not read from resource". I also tried using mplayer and it couldnt play the dvd either, it said "seek failed". What are some things i can try, do i need plug ins for the media players? I'm not sure what i should do?
Old 11-10-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ armerj!

which version of ubuntu are yu using?

open synaptic pkg manager and install "ubuntu-restricted-extras"

although your problem may be something different?
Old 11-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #3
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I am using the version 8.04.3(hardy)
before I registered with linux questions, I read on somebodys forum that I should try the "ubuntu-restricted-extras"
After I downloaded ubuntu-restricted-extras from the package manager it still game me the same error message "could not read from resource". If i do have a different problem, what other things could it be?
Old 11-14-2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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Hi Armerj

You should also check if your DVD drive is a single layer drive or a dual layer drive.
Most DVDs today are DVD9's which are dual layers. the single layer DVDs are called DVD5.

If your drive is a single layer drive you will not be able to read the dual layers DVDs.

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You likely need libdvdcss2. From the UbuntuGeek website:

Install libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

Support for WMV, RealMedia and other formats has been bundled into the w32codecs package. This package is not available from the Ubuntu repositories due to licensing and legal restrictions.

For Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Users run the following command

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Then, add the GPG Key using the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update
For i386 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2
For amd64 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2


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