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It does not matter what kind of DVD I try to play on either my DVD-ROM or my DVD-R/RW I get the same error message from VLC media player.

I have tried all disc device options. This is the error message:

Playback failure:
DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/dvd".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/dvd'. Check the log for details.
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Can you provide the log? – Ravi May 28 '12 at 10:44
Sounds like the /dev/dvd symbolic link is not correctly set up. Consider finding out the device name of the drive, and tell that to vlc instead. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 28 '12 at 11:30
Show us the output of these 2 commands. mount|grep ^'/dev' sudo lshw -C disk – cokedude Jun 4 '12 at 21:47

Do you have all the codecs installed?

If not add the medibuntu repository. Open a terminal and paste the following

sudo -E wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

Then run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

Otherwise it might be a hardware problem. Hopefully someone else can step in and assist. Good luck.

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