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DVDs not working

Postby T.A.C. on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:26 pm

I put in a DVD, it recognizes the DVD. I right click and click "Open With... Movie Player." The Totem Movie Player comes up, says "DVD Menu" and then closes. I would really like to watch DVDs. How can I?
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby exploder on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:29 pm

Try opening the movie in MPlayer, you should be able to watch a movie.
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby alun_sundry on Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:02 pm

The pre-installed programs don't seem to cope with DVD menus in some cases, I've found. Install VLC from the Synaptic package manager, that's solved this for me.
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby Ssurno on Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:06 pm

I second the idea above. VLC and Mint are a great combo for all DVDs: licensed and non-licensed.
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby T.A.C. on Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:35 am

I got VLC, updated my video card drivers, and ran the general update for Mint. Now the DVDs play in all programs but they flicker constantly. They play, but the flickering makes them unwatchable. Solutions?
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby exploder on Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:38 am

In MPlayer you can set the video output. I have found setting it to x11 helps. Possibly VLS has similar options?
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby T.A.C. on Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:19 am

exploder wrote:In MPlayer you can set the video output. I have found setting it to x11 helps. Possibly VLS has similar options?


X11 did it. Now they play fairly well. It's still a little choppy, but better than nothing. Thanks.
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby alun_sundry on Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:31 am

Yes, it's not perfect, but I suppose it's a 'get what you pay for' thing. I don't know about Mint, but with Linux Mandriva 2009 you can get a paid-for codec instead of libdvdcss and I would hope that would entail a picture as good as when I watch a DVD in my Vista partition, which to be fair is still not perfect either, probably down to a not great graphics chip in my laptop, a factor which may be involved in your situation to, eh. I wouldn't know if Mint can use a better, paid-for codec.

You notice the choppiness most with sideways motion, don't you? Picture kind of moves in strips. Let's hope the programmers evolve this.
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby T.A.C. on Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:21 pm

Husse wrote:Turn off Compiz and see what happens (Appearances > Visual effects tab > none)



Found this in another post. Not only did it solve the problems, but the DVD plays smoother and crisper than it ever did when this machine ran XP Pro. Mint FTW!
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Re: DVDs not working

Postby exploder on Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:00 pm

Glad you got this resolved!
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