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How can I play DVD movies?

I tried to watch a dvd on ubuntu 10.10 but with no success. I went to medibuntu to check that I have all the required repositaries. Everything was up to date. So what's wrong?

  • I think it's a defective dvd because now I tried another one and it worked. When I opened movie player or vlc it just opened for a second and it closed again. Dec 17, 2010 at 19:48
  • Have you installed libdvdcss?
    – dv3500ea
    Dec 17, 2010 at 19:53
  • yes I checked all the steps with Medibuntu (help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu). Dec 17, 2010 at 19:58
  • did you install ubuntu-restricted-extras ?
    – NES
    Dec 17, 2010 at 20:11

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I recommend to use the VLC player (available from Ubuntu Software Center). In my opinion VLC has the most complete set of codecs.

Best wishes, Vincenzo

  • I did use the VLC but had the same result. Thanks. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:33

This is what I ran to get DVDs working correctly:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
sudo apt-get install vlc

I don't know for certain if the first 2 are necessary for VLC, but I was having problems viewing a DVD until I installed the infamous dvdread/dvd-css.

  • libdvdread4 is already installed, and VLC too. Thanks Dec 19, 2010 at 4:41

I ran into the same problem. I installed VLC but in addition I also had to install libdvdcss. Now I can play any dvd I want using VLC.


From you comments, I'd say the solution is to use a non-defective DVD. Is there a way you could get ahold of a different copy of the same DVD?

  • Unfortunately no. Yes that would be the ideal solution to verify if the one I have is defective or not. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:38

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