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Certain rented DVD's don't play. Previously ALL dvd's have worked, and cannot figure out why particular DVD's don't read and VLC doesn't even stay open.

This is what happens: Insert DVD, vlc startsup as normal but flashes on screen and closes.

Manually opening VLC does same thing.

System check & updates done: Latest version VLC - 2.0.8 default Saucy 13.10 install

Checked codecs:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libdvdread4
sudo apt-get install libavformat-extra-53 libavcodec-extra-53 libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Also reset preferences. And checked disk device label - dev/ cdrom/cdrom1/sr0/sr1 and all could not read the dvd.

Am at a loss, for this one.

Thanks in advance.

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