totem-xine and Mplayer are not playing encrypted dvd's whatever I do

Asked by RamonP on 2008-08-02

Binary package hint: totem

I have installed all the codecs and libdvdread3 and css, etc. and totem-xine only seems to be able to play the previews. Mplayer only plays the audio, sometimes, but it does not detect the video

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sat Aug 2 16:49:47 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/totem-gstreamer
Package: totem-gstreamer 2.22.1-0ubuntu2
PackageArchitecture: i386
SourcePackage: totem
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-19-generic i686

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RamonP (periquitoyellow) said : #1
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) said : #2

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at [WWW] if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see [WWW] .

Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said : #3


Go to your Synaptics Package Manager and, in the search box, type in "gstreamer" and, when all the components are displayed, select each and every one of them. Mark them all for installation, as well as all the sub-programs which come up, download and install them. (There are a LOT of them so this whole process will take some time.)

After that's all done, go here: < > and select for downloading both the next-to-last and the last application (x-bzip and x-gzip). (The reason I'm telling you to download both is that I do not remember which one works.) Try them both to see which one is appropriate. One of them will install "libdvdcss2" on your machine and this is absolutely necessary, along with all the gstreamer components, in order to play commercial DVDs.

Some encrypted dvd's too require regionset

Refer this link


gear3895 (gear3895) said : #4

If VLC or Totem doesn't work, and you want to watch dvd movies or play downloaded flv video files in Ubuntu,
Google for "flv flash Totem internal data stream vlc undf"
... it's better to install everything in 32 bit, even if you have a 64 bit machine, as there are something missing in 64 bit depository like drivers, codecs,...

Play mp3 and dvd under Ubuntu install skype googleearth acroread and other stuffs using Medibuntu

First please install

You need to have extra repositories enabled..

Please first enable the universe and multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]

enable "Community-maintained Open Source software ( universe )"
enable "Proprietary drivers for devices ( restricted )"
enable "Software restrictecd by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"

Close and confirm the repository reload.

Then open a Terminal from the menu Applications→Accessories→Terminal

Tip: right click with mouse on the terminal title caption and select the item "Always on Top" doing this you will force the terminal window to stay on top of the other windows and you will find very easy to copy single row from this web page into the terminal...
Something more about using the terminal

Then type or better copy and paste a row a time then press enter:
(Tip: select the single row to copy then right click into the terminal and to quick paste click with middle button of mouse )

and type or better copy and paste:

sudo aptitude install vlc smplayer mplayer

To get better dvd playback and optional packages here the medibuntu available software list
you need to add the medibuntu repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
( here the medibuntu howto but see below )

In short please open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type or copy and paste:

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

-- give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter

Now to install, type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras libxine1-ffmpeg non-free-codecs
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2 regionset gnome-mplayer
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

Then to install the codecs if you are using:
-- a Ubuntu 32 bits:
sudo aptitude install w32codecs
-- a Ubuntu 32 bits:
sudo apt-get install w64codecs

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

Then to play encrypted dvd please read:

You can also install other Medibuntu repository provided optional software :

sudo apt-get install skype
sudo apt-get install googleearth
sudo apt-get install acroread

Hope this helps

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