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DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby maccer on Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:51 am

Hello,

I have encountered a weird problem on an old PC. Its a Pentium III 1 Ghz processor with 512 RAM. There is an old DVD drive in it (not burner) and it is recognized nicely by Linux Mint 6 (latest updates).
If I insert an audio CD or data cd/dvd it is mounted on the desktop and accessible. But when I insert a video DVD original from the shop or copied, doesn't matter, the dvd mounts but it is not "playeble".
Totem movie player starts up with a blue screen and quits right away. VLC and Mplayer (Mplayer doesnt even show blue screen) does the same.

It might be some codec or driver problem or may be its just that the DVD drive is too old, I'm not sure.

Any suggestions on how to get this fixed would help. Also if there is a need to buy a new burner than I need some kind of confirmation that it will work.
Just so its clear, I am no terminal command guru so if it happens that I need to do something in Terminal I will need a little help meaning clear instrutions.


Thanks in advance for everyone!

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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby DrHu on Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:12 am

maccer wrote:...when I insert a video DVD original from the shop or copied, doesn't matter, the dvd mounts but it is not "playeble".

In terminal, check for decss library
    apt search libdvdcss
    v libdvdcss -
    p libdvdcss-dev - Simple foundation for reading DVDs - devel
    i libdvdcss2 - Simple foundation for reading DVDs - runtime
--that which decodes movies in order to play within linux media players..
    locate libdvdcss
    /usr/lib/libdvdcss.so.2
    /usr/lib/libdvdcss.so.2.1.0
    /usr/share/doc/libdvdcss2
    /usr/share/doc/libdvdcss2/NEWS.gz
    /usr/share/doc/libdvdcss2/README
Then any of the media players should work fine..
    VLC
    Mplayer
    Totem et all..
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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby ranyardm on Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:58 am

...and if it doesn't, paste the output of the following from a terminal :

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mplayer dvd://


That way, any error message can point the way.

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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby maccer on Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:03 am

Thanks for helping first of all. This is what I get by typing mplayer dvd://
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mplayer dvd://

MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.2 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel Celeron 2/Pentium III Coppermine,Geyserville (Family: 6, Model: 8, Stepping: 6)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing dvd://.
Couldn't open DVD device: /dev/dvd
No stream found to handle url dvd://


Exiting... (End of file)


I also checked for libdvdcss and it showed up exactly how you have written it previously. I guess all should be fine then... but it isn't :(
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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby ranyardm on Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:17 pm

Well that's very odd, I've never known Linux Mint not create a /dev/dvd link....

I know it's not a solution, and hopefully someone will know of why that doesn't happen, but the following in a console, might make a huge difference (I'm assuming here, that the dvd drive is the only drive in the system, if not, you're stuck to digging about in dmesg to find the right sr device) :

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sudo -i
then enter your user password
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cd /dev/
ln -s sr0 dvd
exit

then try and play again.

If the same persists, paste the output of
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ls -/dev/sr*
perhaps the device is not being detected as a dvd-rom correctly.
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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby DrHu on Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:10 pm

maccer wrote:It might be some codec or driver problem or may be its just that the DVD drive is too old, I'm not sure.

Based on your first post, it might very well be that the DVD player is too old, although I had no problems using a DVDrom player (read only dvd player) in previous distribution, like Suse, Fedora, Gentoo and so on..
--and I can't think that can be the answer since the DVD specs have been around for some time and they are backwards compatible.. and also the region settings for that drive and the region source material you are using world or usa (region 1))

Do you have a dvd in the dvd drive ?
    No DVD in drive..
    mplayer dvd://
    MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.3 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
    Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
    mplayer: could not connect to socket
    mplayer: No such file or directory
    Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

    Playing dvd://.
    Couldn't open DVD device: /dev/dvd
    No stream found to handle url dvd://

    DVD in drive..
    mplayer dvd://
    Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
    mplayer: could not connect to socket
    mplayer: No such file or directory
    Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

    Playing dvd://.
    There are 6 titles on this DVD.
    There are 6 chapters in this DVD title.
    There are 1 angles in this DVD title.
    audio stream: 0 format: ac3 (5.1) language: en aid: 128.
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
Why you have that error/issue I don't know, bios settings, kernel CPU selection, over-clocking ???
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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby maccer on Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:37 am

Yes I did have a DVD in the drive. With ranyardm's method it now sees the DVD and lists its contents and specks, but upon opening mplayer the same thing happens. Here it is:

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cd /dev/
ln -s sr0 dvd
exit
logout

**so I tried again...**

mplayer dvd://
MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.2 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel Celeron 2/Pentium III Coppermine,Geyserville (Family: 6, Model: 8, Stepping: 6)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing dvd://.
There are 10 titles on this DVD.
There are 3 chapters in this DVD title.
There are 1 angles in this DVD title.
audio stream: 0 format: ac3 (stereo) language: en aid: 128.
audio stream: 1 format: ac3 (stereo) language: hu aid: 129.
number of audio channels on disk: 2.
subtitle ( sid ): 0 language: en
subtitle ( sid ): 0 language: hu
number of subtitles on disk: 2
MPEG-PS file format detected.
VIDEO:  MPEG2  720x576  (aspect 2)  25.000 fps  8000.0 kbps (1000.0 kbyte/s)
xscreensaver_disable: Could not find XScreenSaver window.
GNOME screensaver disabled
==========================================================================
Opening video decoder: [mpegpes] MPEG 1/2 Video passthrough
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 576 (preferred colorspace: Mpeg PES)
Could not find matching colorspace - retrying with -vf scale...
Opening video filter: [scale]
The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
Try appending the scale filter to your filter list,
e.g. -vf spp,scale instead of -vf spp.
VDecoder init failed :(
Opening video decoder: [libmpeg2] MPEG 1/2 Video decoder libmpeg2-v0.4.0b
Selected video codec: [mpeg12] vfm: libmpeg2 (MPEG-1 or 2 (libmpeg2))
==========================================================================
==========================================================================
Forced audio codec: mad
Opening audio decoder: [liba52] AC3 decoding with liba52
Using SSE optimized IMDCT transform
Using MMX optimized resampler
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 192.0 kbit/12.50% (ratio: 24000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [a52] afm: liba52 (AC3-liba52)
==========================================================================
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Starting playback...
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 576 (preferred colorspace: Planar YV12)
VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
Movie-Aspect is 1.78:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [xv] 720x576 => 1024x576 Planar YV12
A:   0.4 V:   0.3 A-V:  0.016 ct: -0.001   2/  2 ??% ??% ??,?% 0 0
GNOME screensaver enabled

Exiting... (End of file)


One thing came to my mind. The DVD ROM drive was put in after Mint was installed. It replaced a CD ROM drive. But in the BIOS I enabled the new drive and after all Mint sees it and is able to mount CDs/DVDs with it, it just cannot play DVD Videos. It even plays VCDs and Data DVDs.
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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby ranyardm on Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:40 pm

Well, looks like mplayer is actually seeing the disk with that, just exiting almost immediately. I have seen disks with a blank title at the start in an attempt to confuse dvd-copying software.

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mplayer dvd://1
or
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mplayer dvd://2
up to 10 (titles) based on that disk...

I really have no idea why it might not create the /dev/dvd link though :S Do you have to recreate it after a reboot?

Also, you could see what dvd::rip makes of the dvd, see if it can see the tracks and start creating an avi from them? If so, perhaps all you need to to is create the link, then find a media player that does dvd playback with menus, and configure that to use the device. For example, totem seems to handle video dvds like so :
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totem dvd://
but also as
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totem dvd:///dev/sr0
.

Perhaps that might work for you.

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Re: DVD Drive not playing video DVDs

Postby maccer on Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:25 am

Ok. Found out what the problem is. Or at least I know it is not at all Mint's fault. My computer is too slow to play DVDs (the reason I didn't know this was that I just lay my hands on this oldie). What I did was reinstalled Mint and tweaked around in the BIOS and the drive was working well, I could see in terminal that it detects the DVD titles well, but then...

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mplayer dvd:///
MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.2 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel Celeron 2/Pentium III Coppermine,Geyserville (Family: 6, Model: 8, Stepping: 6)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing dvd:///.
There are 10 titles on this DVD.
There are 17 chapters in this DVD title.
There are 1 angles in this DVD title.
audio stream: 0 format: ac3 (5.1) language: hu aid: 128.
audio stream: 1 format: ac3 (stereo) language: en aid: 129.
audio stream: 2 format: ac3 (5.1) language: ja aid: 130.
number of audio channels on disk: 3.
number of subtitles on disk: 0
MPEG-PS file format detected.
VIDEO:  MPEG2  720x576  (aspect 3)  25.000 fps  8500.0 kbps (1062.5 kbyte/s)
xscreensaver_disable: Could not find XScreenSaver window.
GNOME screensaver disabled
==========================================================================
Opening video decoder: [mpegpes] MPEG 1/2 Video passthrough
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 576 (preferred colorspace: Mpeg PES)
Could not find matching colorspace - retrying with -vf scale...
Opening video filter: [scale]
The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
Try appending the scale filter to your filter list,
e.g. -vf spp,scale instead of -vf spp.
VDecoder init failed :(
Opening video decoder: [libmpeg2] MPEG 1/2 Video decoder libmpeg2-v0.4.0b
Selected video codec: [mpeg12] vfm: libmpeg2 (MPEG-1 or 2 (libmpeg2))
==========================================================================
==========================================================================
Forced audio codec: mad
Opening audio decoder: [liba52] AC3 decoding with liba52
Using SSE optimized IMDCT transform
Using MMX optimized resampler
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 448.0 kbit/29.17% (ratio: 56000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [a52] afm: liba52 (AC3-liba52)
==========================================================================
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Starting playback...
VDec: vo config request - 720 x 576 (preferred colorspace: Planar YV12)
VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
Movie-Aspect is 1.78:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [xv] 720x576 => 1024x576 Planar YV12
A:   0.7 V:   0.3 A-V:  0.448 ct:  0.004   2/  2 ??% ??% ??,?% 1 0
GNOME screensaver enabled

Exiting... (End of file)


and...

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               ************************************************
           **** Your system is too SLOW to play this!  ****
               ************************************************

Possible reasons, problems, workarounds:
- Most common: broken/buggy _audio_ driver
  - Try -ao sdl or use the OSS emulation of ALSA.
  - Experiment with different values for -autosync, 30 is a good start.
- Slow video output
  - Try a different -vo driver (-vo help for a list) or try -framedrop!
- Slow CPU
  - Don't try to play a big DVD/DivX on a slow CPU! Try some of the lavdopts,
    e.g. -vfm ffmpeg -lavdopts lowres=1:fast:skiploopfilter=all.
- Broken file
  - Try various combinations of -nobps -ni -forceidx -mc 0.
- Slow media (NFS/SMB mounts, DVD, VCD etc)
  - Try -cache 8192.
- Are you using -cache to play a non-interleaved AVI file?
  - Try -nocache.
Read DOCS/HTML/en/video.html for tuning/speedup tips.
If none of this helps you, read DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports.html.

X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)22.7% 51 0
X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)20.6% 52 0
X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)18.5% 53 0
X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)16.5% 54 0
X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)14.9% 55 0
X11 error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)11.3% 57 0


Im guessing that the problem is the video card since it is a very old onboard Intel card (Intel 8xx... something...) and it just can't cope with
modern DVDs.

Well fortunately I have planty of other computers that are high-end so Im not in trouble. I dont have the money now to upgrade to a better GPU on this one.

Anyway Im talking too much now :) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP ranyardm and DrHu! This is an extremely helpful community!

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