Can I just buy a codec to install to play DVD's?

Asked by David Paulson

Is it possible to just purchase, download and (simply) install the files I need so Totem will play DVD's? I have tried going through the steps outlined in many of the answers here, and I just end up having to reinstall Ubuntu because I mess it up so badly. Thank you.

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NateMaster (paintballwizard96-deactivatedaccount) said :

When you try to play a dvd, does Totem tell you it needs a codec? What it should do, is if it has a problem, a pop up will apear and ask you, "can you install these codecs?" Also do you have a net connection? If so, we might be able to solve this problem.

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David Paulson (caprinorth) said :

I went through the basic steps in the help area, and now it works find if I play a non-commercial DVD (created by a friend) or a DVD I bought outside the USA. Yet still, if I try to play a DVD I bought in the USA in a typical bookstore, I get the message: "An error occurred. Could not read from resource." I get no popup asking about installing codecs. I am plugged into T1 cable internet.

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Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said :

The only commercial alternative to legally play DVDs on Ubuntu AFAIK is PowerDVD:

If anyone is aware of others, please post them here.

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