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Old 01-05-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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need help setting up xine

I just installed xine in Red Hat 9, hoping that would let me play movie DVDs.

(Used apt to install it; seemed to install properly.)

Then I installed

But still can't open a DVD. There's nothing wrong with the drive -- it plays music cd's and reads data cd's with no problem. But when I put in a movie DVD -- nothing.

I started up Xine from the gnome menu; clicked on the dvd button & got:
xine engine error - Input plugin failed to open mrl 'dvd:/'
the source can't be read. Maybe you don't jhave enough rights for this, or source doesn't contain data (e.g. not disk in drive.) (/dev/dvd)

I'm sure there's nothing wrong with the disk or the drive, but this may be a clue to the problem.

In the device manager, my dvd drive (Pioneer DVD-ROM AtapiModel DVD-115 0122) is listed as /dev/hdc. I have no /dev/dvd.

Do I have to do something to configure xine for this?

Or is there something else I have to do?
Old 01-05-2004, 07:51 PM   #2
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you could try typing as root :
ln -s /dev/hdc /dev/dvd
and then try xine again..
Old 01-05-2004, 09:04 PM   #3
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Found it!

In case anyone else has this problem:

Find the xine setup screen, & under the "input" tab, the first entry is "device used for dvd drive". In my case I had to change it from /dev/dvd to /dev/hdc to correspond with the way red hat installed my dvd drive.

Now xine seems to be working perfectly.
Old 01-13-2004, 06:38 PM   #4
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Just wanted add to this thread. I am running Mandrake 9.2. It designates my dvd drive as /dev/scd0, which is what I had to change the input device to.
Old 01-29-2004, 12:32 PM   #5
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no DVD button

I have a DVD drive, /dev/dvd exists, got all the DVD plugins for Xine, but there's no DVD button on the GUI, just CD, VCD and DVB. On the input tab of setup there's no option for DVD device.

What gives?
Old 01-29-2004, 02:03 PM   #6
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But did you get libdvdcss? This is what decodes the encrypted DVD and without this most DVDs will not play.

Good Luck
Old 02-03-2004, 04:09 PM   #7
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Hi Alan,

I had all the required bits, but they had been compiled/installed before I had the DVD drive, so it wasn't taken into account. I uninstalled Xine completely and remade it from scratch and now I have the DVD button and fullscreen video o/p.



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