Unable to play DVDs, xine, totem, vlc, etc...

Asked by Walter Barnes on 2009-02-12

This is all NEW. First time user of Ubuntu (8.4). Added xine and vlc and associated files (I think) but no go on any dvd. Running on an HP Pavilion DV1000 model laptop. If I need to start from scratch explain the steps please. Tried to run the dvd with Totum right after I installed Ubunto 8.4 and a reboot. Unable to read file of something (sorry). Then installed Xine, appears to run, can view the start up of the film, studios logo etc. but then stops with error on reading NAV file. Unable to get VLC to work at all, no server defined etc.
This isn't much but hope we can fine a cure, fix, magic or something.
Thank you,
Sir Walt

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Abi ^-^ (abiyasa-eka) said : #2

Try to Install smplayer for playing DVD,

open synaptic package manager in System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manger (enter your password when asked)
click search button, type smplayer, enter

Install it, and try open your DVD with smpayer ...

Hope this helps

ronnie_libra (ronnie-libra) said : #3

please use synaptic package manager in Menu>>System>>Administrator>> synaptic package manage

now install Ubuntu-restricted extas

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

First please install https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

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 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

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 http://packages.medibuntu.org/
you need to add the medibuntu http://www.medibuntu.org/ repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
( here the medibuntu howto https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu but see below )

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

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(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
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2 regionset gnome-mplayer
sudo aptitude install non-free-codecs w32codecs
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

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

You can also install other Medibuntu repository provided optional software http://packages.medibuntu.org/ :

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

Hope this helps

gear3895 (gear3895) said : #5

If VLC or Totem doesn't work, and you want to watch dvd movies or play downloaded flv video files in Ubuntu Linux,
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,...

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