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Old 04-04-2005, 07:57 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2004
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Distribution: Fedora (latest git kernel)
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playing dvds in xine

i having trouble getting dvds to play. I'm currently running slackware 10.1, with the stock 2.4.29 kernel. I'm able to mount data files, and play audio cds on my computer, but not dvds. So searched the net and read about people need libs, so i downloaded libdvdcss-0.0.3, because it helps to read encrypted dvds -
so i install the lib:
install cd libdbdcss-0.0.3/
./configure; make; make install

as root i type xine &
and when i hit the dvd button to play a movie i get:
The Source can't be read. Maybe you don't have enough rights for this, or souce doesn't contain data (e.g. not disc in drive). (Error reading NAV Packets.)

and in my shell it reads:
libdvdread: Encrypted DVD support unavailable.
so i download and install libdvdread.0.9.4 and
make install

and i try it xine again and it say the same thing

i've tried other dvd, and other dvd players. and stil having same errors.

Has anyway experienced this on the new 10.1 slackware? with stock kernel

Old 04-04-2005, 08:36 PM   #2
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Ottawa, ON
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It's not libdvdread you need, it's libdvdcss. Download the tgz from You may also want to run xine-check to make sure your DVD setup is working right.

For security reasons, you shouldn't be running xine as root, so make sure your user is a member of the cdrom group so you can play DVD's without being logged as root.

For legal reasons, Pat can't include libdvdcss with the distro. IANAL, but I believe it's got something to do with the DMCA or some other retarded anti-progress law that's on the books in the US. O Canada!
Old 04-04-2005, 09:20 PM   #3
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From my secret notebook on how to make xine work:
Install xine-lib, xine-ui, libdvdcss, libdvdread;
ln -sf /dev/cdrom /dev/dvd
chmod 666 /dev/cdrom
chmod 666 /dev/dvd
hdparm -d1 /dev/hdx (where x is the dvdreader drive)

This should do it.


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