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    Cant play dvds - region 4

    Hello newbie here. Running Ubuntu 10.10 in region 4 (australia)

    I can't seem to play DVDs. Movie player says it needs the right package or something, then I've been here, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Me...20Repositories

    I added the Medibuntu repository at the above page, but it still says I dont have the right packages. Is there something I'm doing wrong do I have to install something in the command line to get it working etc?

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    well I'm not sure as i've never tried to play a region 4 dvd but have you tried vlc.

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    as far as i know the region code is a hardware thingy.

    there must be a tool, believe for windos, to make your dvd player regio code free (use at own risk).
    search on the web for remove regio code (brand pc or dvd player).

    a workaround could be to copy the dvd to your hard disk and let the program remove the regio code as stored on your dvd.
    search the web for rip dvd

    hope this helps

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    You actually dont need to add the medibuntu repo-

    Installing libdvdcss

    Legal Warning: Check with your local laws to make sure usage of libdvdcss2 would be legal in your area.

    Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04 (i386, amd64) and 10.10


    • Install the libdvdread4 package (no need to add third party repositories) via Synaptic or command line:


    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
    • Then open a terminal window and execute:


    sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.shRebooting may be necessary.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ts/PlayingDVDs

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    Ok, but the dvd was a validly rented dvd, coded for region 4, so there's nothing underhanded I'm trying to do - not trying to bypass coding etc, just want to play the dvd I rented. Find it surprising that ubuntu can't play these dvds.

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    Actually I went to this link and typed the below code:

    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

    but then it said it couldn't find it.
    I found it strange that there was no actual source for the file

    Is there a particular piece of software I need to play dvd's
    and is there a particular way of actually getting it to run on my computer
    I get confuse with the command line, how do you actually install software?

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    did you try to add dvd software trough synaptic from ubuntu-restricted?

    i use the default dvd player from ubuntu and it asks whether it can install missing codecs.

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    Quote Originally Posted by coward54 View Post
    Ok, but the dvd was a validly rented dvd, coded for region 4, so there's nothing underhanded I'm trying to do - not trying to bypass coding etc, just want to play the dvd I rented. Find it surprising that ubuntu can't play these dvds.
    that's because there is a region code in the firmware of your dvd player.

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    Quote Originally Posted by coward54 View Post
    Actually I went to this link and typed the below code:

    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

    but then it said it couldn't find it.
    I found it strange that there was no actual source for the file

    Is there a particular piece of software I need to play dvd's
    and is there a particular way of actually getting it to run on my computer
    I get confuse with the command line, how do you actually install software?
    I have no idea why apt-get couldnt find the package. Are you sure you opened terminal? (I've seen people paste commands into gedit, etc in the past)

    To play DVDs you'll need DVDCSS (DVD content scrambling system), which is what libdvdread4 is, and a video capable media player.

    You should be able to install software with ubuntu using software centre, synpatic, or command line.

    How does the commnad line confuse you?

    Quote Originally Posted by owiknowi View Post
    that's because there is a region code in the firmware of your dvd player.
    Its nothing to do with the region code. If the OP is in region 4, and bought the computer/DVD drive in region 4, its going to be loaded with region 4 firmware....

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    Re: Cant play dvds - region 4

    So to clarify, I went to this link:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ts/PlayingDVDs

    I opened a terminal session, and typed in the following:
    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

    But then it said it couldn't open the codec or something.....

    What confuses me about the command line is that when I type the above 'apt-get' etc
    where exactly is it going? How can it go and just install software
    like that - shouldn't it need to go to a particular place on the internet
    etc to get it?

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