Friday, 25 April 2014

DVD Playback issues in 14.04 LTS

Well I came across a problem in my upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 in that DVD's wouldn't play. I did all the usuals with reinstalling unrestricted extras, Libdvdread4, libdvdcss2, ran and none of it worked.

Someone suggest I head over to the #xubuntu channel on IRC. It turns out 12.04 was using /dev/dvd1 for the DVD drive and none of the media players were recognising this. In version 14.04 the DVD drive is now at /dev/sr0. In VLC it is only a matter of changing this in the preferences. Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs.

Some other media players don't allow you to change the location so the partial solution is to put a systemlink fron /dev/dvd1 to /dev/sr0

Open up terminal and type:

sudo ln -s /dev/sr0 /dev/dvd

1 comment:

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