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Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby ptyxs on Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:46 am

I recently installed LMDE, and tried a complete DVD edition of the series The Wire bought on Amazon.fr.
Unfortunately, the DVDs are unreadable on LMDE (I must say that they are also unreadable on my Ubuntu 13.10, and Mageia 3 and also on my linux-based Freebox (distributed by french famous ISP Free), but ARE fully readable on a Windows machine...).
What would you suggest ?
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby computerbob on Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:53 am

I've had dvds that would read on one machine and not on another. You'd think that all dvd players were the same, but they're not. It's not the OS.
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby eanfrid on Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:41 am

Using most features of retail (encrypted) video DVDs depends on a non-free library. Obviously, it is not either shipped or installed by default on most distributions.

Look for "libdvdcss2" ;)
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby ptyxs on Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:39 am

eanfrid wrote:Look for "libdvdcss2" ;)

It is installed on my LMDE.
No better though...
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby eanfrid on Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:13 pm

I supposed that you also have "libdvdread4" already installed. Am I right ?
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby ptyxs on Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:12 am

Yes, libdvdread4 installed, too.
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby robertb on Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:35 pm

I'm having the same problem.

Doing dmesg|tail doesn't reveal that /dev/sr0 is being read at all.

What happens is that I stick the commercial movie DVD that I want to play into the drive, it cranks back and forth for about a minute, and then ejects itself and pops out the disc.

Regular DVD-ROM and DVD-Rs can be read fine, and it burns and writes discs just fine.

The kernel I'm running is
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linux-image-3.10-2-amd64
and the drive is a
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OPTIARC AD-5680H, version 3AHB


I'd like this solved, too.
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby eanfrid on Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:44 am

@robertb: for your part, like computerbob said above, the culprit is the hardware, not the OS.
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Re: Impossible to read some DVD on LMDE

Postby robertb on Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:54 pm

eanfrid wrote:@robertb: for your part, like computerbob said above, the culprit is the hardware, not the OS.
I was having my doubts, but I think you're right. I rebooted the machine into MacOSX (this is a Mac Mini) and it didn't work there, either! I guess the hardware is working enough to read DVD-ROMs, but not working enough to read commercial quality CSS DVDs. Time for a new computer, I guess...
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