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gnappi
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(SOLVED)Cannot play some of my DVD's

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Neither media player or VLC play around 10% of my DVD's on my PC which is an HP dc7900 64 bit Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 500 GB SATA drive, Mint 18.3 with a DVD R/W drive with these specifications:

The dvd1260i recording speed at up to 24X on single-layer DVD+R & DVD-R discs, or records DVD+R or DVD-R double-layer DVDs discs at up to 12X . It also
rewrites DVD+RW discs at up to 8X and DVD-RW discs at up to 6X, or DVD-RAM discs at up to 12X

Read speed: DVD-ROM up to 16X (CAV); CD-ROM up to 48x (CAV)
• Sustained transfer: 1x CD = 150KB/s (data mode 1); 1X DVD = 1350 KB/s
• Access time: DVD 160 ms; CD 160 ms (typical)

I have had no issues when I had Win7 on this machine.

I read many / most of the threads on the issue and installed the ubuntu-restricted-extras package, mint-meta-codecs, ran regionset, ran:

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

But I read that the definitive fix is a package called libdvdcss2 but every link I follow to it actually has libdvdcss instead. VLC's input codecs field is empty and the default DVD location is correct. The drive is reported at:

*-scsi:1
physical id: 4
logical name: scsi3
capabilities: emulated
*-cdrom
description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVD Writer 1265d
vendor: HP
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/sr0
logical name: /media/user/
version: NH21


Does anyone have ideas on what I may have missed?
Last edited by gnappi on Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:44 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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libdvdcss2 is included in the mint-meta-codecs package

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apt install mint-meta-codecs
If already installed it will inform you
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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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apt install mint-meta-codecs

mint-meta-codecs is already the newest version (2017.06.25).
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
festival libenca0 libestools2.4 libgsound0 libvdpau1 libvorbisidec1 mpg123
python-dateutil python-pywapi python-unidecode python-vobject shell-fm
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 276 not upgraded.

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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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Are these troublesome DVD media copy protected? They have to tell you 'Copy Protected' but exactly how is their private secret.

CSS is not the only method a DVD product has to protect itself from use on a computer. Patent-free methods too, like file names that point to data outside the disk, or disk sectors that are deliberately left blank.

"I have had no issues when I had Win7 on this machine." It's not impossible that Microsoft have paid to include this. It also provokes the reply "Use Windows 7 then." It's not actually sinful to pay for the software you need.
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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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I only get a black screen on either player, no messages. I'd have no problem paying for a player that worked, but going back to scumsoft is not an option :-)

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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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Hi gnappi,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

What kind of DVD's are these, homemade, or store-bought movies?

You can try installing "ubuntu-restricted-extras" and "udftools" from the "Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)", logging out and back in or restarting the computer.

Have you tried "SMplayer" a superb multi-media player?
SMPlayer Sees New Release With MPV Support, Install via PPA

You can use the excellent "SMplayer" to view videos, Blu-ray & DVD discs
Unlike other players, SMplayer doesn't require you to install codecs to play something because it carries its own, all required codecs within itself. This release which now supports MPV and some other features such as MPRIS v2 Support, new theme, 3D stereo filter and more. I recommend reading both web links below.

Noobslab - another excellent Linux website - This article on SMplayer and MPV 2017
http://www.noobslab.com/2017/01/install ... -1710.html

Web Upd8 - excellent Linux website - This article is for SMplayer & MPV
http://www.webupd8.org/2015/09/smplayer ... h-mpv.html

To install these using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install mpv smplayer smtube  youtube-dl
or for added smplayer themes and skins

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sudo apt-get install mpv smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins youtube-dl
Hope this helps ...
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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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With messages? Install the mplayer2 package (which is also used by smplayer as the 'back-end') to do display-in-a-box playback. Then...
mplayer dvd://
...to see what's happening behind the scenes.
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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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phd21 wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:33 pm
Hi gnappi,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

What kind of DVD's are these, homemade, or store-bought movies?

You can try installing "ubuntu-restricted-extras" and "udftools" from the "Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)", logging out and back in or restarting the computer.

Have you tried "SMplayer" a superb multi-media player?
I posted a reply, but it did not post? I wanted to say I only have commercial DVD's and that udftools cured the issue. THANKS!!!

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Re: Cannot play some of my DVD's

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Hi gnappi,

You are welcome...
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