DVDs ripped and burned with native Linux apps are "invalid" in my home DVD player, using DVDshrink or DVDfab through wine will yield a playable disc? I figure its something simple I've got set up wrong but all my searches I've found no solution.
probably you have burned with wrong type. Generally dvd burned with video DVD but now-a-days DVD players are able to play dvd burned with DATA DVD. If you can use your writer in Wine then you can create dvd using DVDshrink, DVDfab or nero through Wine.
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