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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Enabling DVD playback in Ubuntu 9.04

I have just finished installing Ubuntu 9.04 on a Gateway laptop, everything worked well from video to wireless until I popped in a DVD to watch. Did the updates and still nothing, until I ran across this command on the Internet, tried it and everything is golden now.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread4

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

The explanation when the commands are needed are printed below:

The movie players provided in Ubuntu can play back unencrypted DVDs. However, many commercial DVDs are encrypted with a weak algorithm called Content Scrambling System (CSS). You can enable playback of encrypted DVDs with MPlayer, xine and Totem-xine by installing libdvdread4.

The CSS key sets are licensed to manufacturers who incorporate them into products such as DVD drives, DVD players and DVD movie releases. Most DVD players are equipped with a CSS Decryption module.


Woody said...

Great Post It really worked for me after many try of the other guys trick in 25 steps...

Kellep A. Charles, CISA, CISSP, NSA-IAM said...

Thanks, Woody, I know how I felt when I found that solution, it was a life saver. So I am happy someone else can also find use of it. Thanks for commenting too.

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