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computerdude 08-27-2005 06:21 PM

installing a dvd player for ubuntu
I am a newbie to linux and need lots of help. I have tried to install mplayer and finally completed the install but it would hang on dvds. I would like to find the appropriate codecs to allow totem to play dvds. And thanx in advance.

vimico 08-27-2005 06:43 PM

Most likely, the codecs are there... but you can only view unencrypted DVD.

Most blockbuster DVDs are encrypted using CSS. In order to decrypt these, you need libdvdcss. The use of this library is - let's say - a grey area. For this reason, the library is not included with most distros.

But the .deb file is available on the net, when you know where to look (Google is your friend).

computerdude 08-27-2005 07:27 PM

im tryin
I downloaded the libdvdcss2 and the libdvdread3. This is everything i done.

root@:/home/ # apt-get install libdvdcss2-dev
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
libdvdcss2-dev is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
root@:/home/ # apt-get install libdvdread3-dev
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 70.2kB of archives.
After unpacking 262kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 hoary/main libdvdread3-dev 0.9.4-5 [70.2kB]
Fetched 70.2kB in 0s (97.6kB/s)

Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously deselected package libdvdread3-dev.
(Reading database ... 61698 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libdvdread3-dev (from .../libdvdread3-dev_0.9.4-5_i386.deb) ...
Setting up libdvdread3-dev (0.9.4-5) ...

It was also suggested to reinstall the totem program in order to find the new lib. I did that and then i tried to play a dvd and it gave the error:

There were no decoders found to handle the stream in file "dvd://", you might need to install the corresponding plugins

I know i am just missing something but what?

aysiu 08-27-2005 07:54 PM

Have you read up on any of these threads?

computerdude 08-27-2005 08:05 PM

thanks a lot
i went through to google searches and found a totem-xine install page that worked perfect! It was at ttp://
I recommend this for anyone trying to enjoy dvds on the new ubuntu.

Thanks again!!

Simon Bridge 10-11-2005 04:27 PM

NOte: the Ubuntu Guide has a whole block of howtos about multimedia. (Though it dosn't suggest installing totem-xine I notice - apparently the author thinks that totem-gstreamer will play dvd's with libdvdcss2).

saintz 11-10-2005 12:19 AM

I had the same problem and so ended up going to:

Download the deb file that is for your architecture. Save it locally and then type 'sudo dpkg -i <file name>'

Simon Bridge 11-10-2005 12:47 AM

If you install xine, you can run xine-check in terminal. It will check out your setup and advise you on what is wrong. A great diagnostic.

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