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    Question VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Hello,


    I installed VLC player and tried to play a DVD and of course it wouldn't play. So I installed all the libraries that were recommended and ran the command to see how my 2 DVD burners were listed. I found one at /dev/sr0 and the other at /dev/sr1 So I polnted VLC at sr0 and after a reboot it played fine.

    Now when I try and run VLC, the icon for it on the dock simply pulsates and the program doesn't open. If I reboot it will play a DVD but only once then I have to reboot again so it will play again!

    The commands to show if the libraries are installed shows they are where they need to be.

    Did a remove and re-install and rebooted immediately. This time when I inserted a DVD I was asked what program I wanted to use to always open that type of file. But sadly it's back to the way it was originally. IE: The program won't open and the icon pulsates and it won't play the same DVD a second time. I get no notice on screen that a DVD has been inserted in the player. Sorry I misspoke: the problem persists!!

    This morning from a cold boot, I insert another DVD and VLC opened automatically and played it as it should do. Once that DVD was taken out of the tray and re-inserted, VLC would not open automatically, nor could I get the DVD to play by choosing the drive and using the "open disc" command.


    Thanks,

    J T
    Last edited by J Tinsby; June 13th, 2014 at 12:35 AM. Reason: Edited due to no responses

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Are your devices really in ALL CAPS? That's very unusual.
    Where did you install VLC from? Software Center? VLC website? Random internet link?
    What were the 'recommended libraries' you installed? Who recommended them?

    Insert an audio CD, open a terminal and try the following command. Please post all terminal output here.
    Code:
    $ vlc cdda:///dev/cdrom
    For example, here's what happens when I use that command to successfully play an audio CD. Note the info messages, the warning, and the stream error that VLC successfully recovered from:
    Code:
    $ vlc cdda:///dev/cdrom
    VLC media player 2.0.8 Twoflower (revision 2.0.8a-0-g68cf50b)
    [0x8cef908] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
    "sni-qt/23403" WARN  11:35:55.788 void StatusNotifierItemFactory::connectToSnw() Invalid interface to SNW_SERVICE 
    [0x8cff090] main playlist: stopping playback
    [0xb4535e68] main stream error: cannot pre fill buffer
    $
    Last edited by ian-weisser; May 23rd, 2014 at 05:38 PM.

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ian-weisser View Post
    Are your devices really in ALL CAPS? That's very unusual.
    Where did you install VLC from? Software Center? VLC website? Random internet link?
    What were the 'recommended libraries' you installed? Who recommended them?

    Insert an audio CD, open a terminal and try the following command. Please post all terminal output here.
    Code:
    $ vlc cdda:///dev/cdrom
    For example, here's what happens when I use that command to successfully play an audio CD. Note the info messages, the warning, and the stream error that VLC successfully recovered from:
    Code:
    $ vlc cdda:///dev/cdrom
    VLC media player 2.0.8 Twoflower (revision 2.0.8a-0-g68cf50b)
    [0x8cef908] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
    "sni-qt/23403" WARN  11:35:55.788 void StatusNotifierItemFactory::connectToSnw() Invalid interface to SNW_SERVICE 
    [0x8cff090] main playlist: stopping playback
    [0xb4535e68] main stream error: cannot pre fill buffer
    $
    Hello Ian,

    Thank you for responding!

    No my drives aren't in caps I realize that caps are shouting, and I'm not shouting at anything except VLC right now!

    NB: I am not using both drives when I am testing, I am only using the one drive continuously to avoid further compounding the problem.

    Here are the libraries I installed I got them from a link in this forum that pertained to a VLC problem with Lubuntu.I used the software center to get VLC and the libraries as I recall.

    I have installed libdvdread4 & libdvdnav4 and then ran the command sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

    When I put an audio CD into the one of two drives I have VLC popped open and said : Your input can't be opened:
    VLC is unable to open the MRL 'cdda:///dev/cdrom'. Check the log for details.


    Your terminal command rendered this:

    tinsby@THISDARNUBUNTU:~$ vlc cdda:///dev/cdrom
    VLC media player 2.1.4 Rincewind (revision 2.1.4-0-g2a072be)
    [0xeb8118] main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
    [0x7f41e0001048] cdda access error: could not read TOCHDR
    [0x7f41e0001048] cdda access error: no audio tracks found
    [0x7f41dc0009b8] main input error: open of `cdda:///dev/cdrom' failed
    Your input can't be opened:
    VLC is unable to open the MRL 'cdda:///dev/cdrom'. Check the log for details.

    But then Ubuntu started asking me what program I wanted to use to play the CD! I chose to cancel and didn't choose VLC or anything else.

    I defer to your knowledge about Linux and it's foibles,. But in spite of the message in VLC it seems to me that the drive is being recognized, I say that only because immediately after a reboot, VLC will play a DVD or CD with no trouble at all. Odd thing is you can only do it once per boot up. After that it does nothing! Suffice it to say that everything works fine in the MS OS's I have.

    As odd as it may seem I can repeatedly insert an audio CD and be prompted by the OS to tell it what program to use to play it. Conversely after using the CD I tried a DVD and it did nothing. hth you in some way.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on this and thank you again.

    J T
    Last edited by J Tinsby; May 24th, 2014 at 03:08 AM. Reason: Additional information

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Can someone please explain why I see 5 CD drives listed? Is this what is confusing the VLC player or SMPlayer? VLC plays once, smplayer does nothing.

    I see sr0 sg1 sg2 sr0 sr1 in the list below, yes I have 2 DVD drives but no matter which one of these 5 I choose, none will work more than one time.

    Seems no one has a clue, least of all me. I only added this information to help someone more knowledgeable than I to help sort this out. Should I not pay attention to all the others that are listed after lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 May 29 19:34 cdrom -> sr0 ?

    Now doing an
    sudo lshw command tells me that sr0 is my Sony dvd and sr1 is the LiteOn drive.

    *-cdrom:0
    description: DVD writer
    product: DVD RW DW-U10A
    vendor: SONY
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: 1.1d
    serial: [
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-cdrom:1
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: iHAP322 9
    vendor: ATAPI
    physical id: 0.1.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.1.0
    logical name: /dev/sr1
    version: 6L1C
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-scsi:2
    Right now VLC and SMplayer have been removed from the OS out of frustration I guess :/

    thanks to all in advance

    J T


    tinsby@THISDARNUBUNTU:~$ cd /dev; ls -la
    total 4
    drwxr-xr-x 16 root root 4420 May 29 19:34 .
    drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 May 28 16:52 ..
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 235 May 29 19:34 autofs
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 820 May 29 19:34 block
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 180 May 29 15:34 bsg
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 234 May 29 19:34 btrfs-control
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 60 May 29 15:34 bus
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 May 29 19:34 cdrom -> sr0
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 3940 May 29 19:34 char
    crw------- 1 root root 5, 1 May 29 19:34 console
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 11 May 29 15:34 core -> /proc/kcore
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 May 29 15:34 cpu
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 60 May 29 19:34 cpu_dma_latency
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 203 May 29 19:34 cuse
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 120 May 29 19:34 disk
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 May 29 19:34 dri
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 61 May 29 19:34 ecryptfs
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 May 29 15:34 fd -> /proc/self/fd
    brw-rw---- 1 root floppy 2, 0 May 29 19:34 fd0
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 7 May 29 19:34 full
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 10, 229 May 29 19:34 fuse
    crw------- 1 root root 251, 0 May 29 19:34 fw0
    crw------- 1 root root 250, 0 May 29 19:34 hidraw0
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 228 May 29 19:34 hpet
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 14 May 29 15:34 .initramfs -> /run/initramfsfre
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 360 May 29 19:34 input
    crw-r--r-- 1 root root 1, 11 May 29 19:34 kmsg
    crw-rw----+ 1 root root 10, 232 May 29 19:34 kvm
    srw-rw-rw- 1 root root 0 May 29 19:34 log
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 0 May 29 19:34 loop0
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 1 May 29 19:34 loop1
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 2 May 29 19:34 loop2
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 3 May 29 19:34 loop3
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 4 May 29 19:34 loop4
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 5 May 29 19:34 loop5
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 6 May 29 19:34 loop6
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 7, 7 May 29 19:34 loop7
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 237 May 29 19:34 loop-control
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 May 29 15:34 mapper
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 227 May 29 19:34 mcelog
    crw-r----- 1 root kmem 1, 1 May 29 19:34 mem
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 May 29 15:34 net
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 59 May 29 19:34 network_latency
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 58 May 29 19:34 network_throughput
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3 May 29 19:34 null
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 195, 0 May 29 19:34 nvidia0
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 195, 255 May 29 19:34 nvidiactl
    crw-r----- 1 root kmem 1, 4 May 29 19:34 port
    crw------- 1 root root 108, 0 May 29 19:34 ppp
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 1 May 29 19:34 psaux
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root tty 5, 2 May 29 19:47 ptmx
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 0 May 29 15:34 pts
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 0 May 29 19:34 ram0
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 1 May 29 19:34 ram1
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 10 May 29 19:34 ram10
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 11 May 29 19:34 ram11
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 12 May 29 19:34 ram12
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 13 May 29 19:34 ram13
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 14 May 29 19:34 ram14
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 15 May 29 19:34 ram15
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 2 May 29 19:34 ram2
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 3 May 29 19:34 ram3
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 4 May 29 19:34 ram4
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 5 May 29 19:34 ram5
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 6 May 29 19:34 ram6
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 7 May 29 19:34 ram7
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 8 May 29 19:34 ram8
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 1, 9 May 29 19:34 ram9
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 8 May 29 19:34 random
    crw-rw-r--+ 1 root root 10, 62 May 29 19:34 rfkill
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 May 29 19:34 rtc -> rtc0
    crw------- 1 root root 254, 0 May 29 19:34 rtc0
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 0 May 29 19:34 sda
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 1 May 29 19:34 sda1
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 2 May 29 19:34 sda2
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 3 May 29 19:34 sda3
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 4 May 29 19:34 sda4
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 5 May 29 19:34 sda5
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 6 May 29 19:34 sda6
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 7 May 29 19:34 sda7
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 16 May 29 19:34 sdb
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 32 May 29 19:34 sdc
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 48 May 29 19:34 sdd
    brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 64 May 29 19:34 sde
    crw-rw---- 1 root disk 21, 0 May 29 19:34 sg0
    crw-rw----+ 1 root cdrom 21, 1 May 29 19:34 sg1
    crw-rw----+ 1 root cdrom 21, 2 May 29 19:34 sg2
    crw-rw---- 1 root disk 21, 3 May 29 19:34 sg3
    crw-rw---- 1 root disk 21, 4 May 29 19:34 sg4
    crw-rw---- 1 root disk 21, 5 May 29 19:34 sg5
    crw-rw---- 1 root disk 21, 6 May 29 19:34 sg6
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 8 May 29 19:34 shm -> /run/shm
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 231 May 29 19:34 snapshot
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 240 May 29 19:34 snd
    brw-rw----+ 1 root cdrom 11, 0 May 29 19:34 sr0
    brw-rw----+ 1 root cdrom 11, 1 May 29 19:38 sr1
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 May 29 15:34 stderr -> /proc/self/fd/2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 May 29 15:34 stdin -> /proc/self/fd/0
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 May 29 15:34 stdout -> /proc/self/fd/1
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root tty 5, 0 May 29 19:44 tty
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 0 May 29 19:34 tty0
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 1 May 29 19:34 tty1
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 10 May 29 19:34 tty10
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 11 May 29 19:34 tty11
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 12 May 29 19:34 tty12
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 13 May 29 19:34 tty13
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 14 May 29 19:34 tty14
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 15 May 29 19:34 tty15
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 16 May 29 19:34 tty16
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 17 May 29 19:34 tty17
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 18 May 29 19:34 tty18
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 19 May 29 19:34 tty19
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 2 May 29 19:34 tty2
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 20 May 29 19:34 tty20
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 21 May 29 19:34 tty21
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 22 May 29 19:34 tty22
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 23 May 29 19:34 tty23
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 24 May 29 19:34 tty24
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 25 May 29 19:34 tty25
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 26 May 29 19:34 tty26
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 27 May 29 19:34 tty27
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 28 May 29 19:34 tty28
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 29 May 29 19:34 tty29
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 3 May 29 19:34 tty3
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 30 May 29 19:34 tty30
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 31 May 29 19:34 tty31
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 32 May 29 19:34 tty32
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 33 May 29 19:34 tty33
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 34 May 29 19:34 tty34
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 35 May 29 19:34 tty35
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 36 May 29 19:34 tty36
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 37 May 29 19:34 tty37
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 38 May 29 19:34 tty38
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 39 May 29 19:34 tty39
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 4 May 29 19:34 tty4
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 40 May 29 19:34 tty40
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 41 May 29 19:34 tty41
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 42 May 29 19:34 tty42
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 43 May 29 19:34 tty43
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 44 May 29 19:34 tty44
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 45 May 29 19:34 tty45
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 46 May 29 19:34 tty46
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 47 May 29 19:34 tty47
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 48 May 29 19:34 tty48
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 49 May 29 19:34 tty49
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 5 May 29 19:34 tty5
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 50 May 29 19:34 tty50
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 51 May 29 19:34 tty51
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 52 May 29 19:34 tty52
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 53 May 29 19:34 tty53
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 54 May 29 19:34 tty54
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 55 May 29 19:34 tty55
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 56 May 29 19:34 tty56
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 57 May 29 19:34 tty57
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 58 May 29 19:34 tty58
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 59 May 29 19:34 tty59
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 4, 6 May 29 19:34 tty6
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 60 May 29 19:34 tty60
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 61 May 29 19:34 tty61
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 62 May 29 19:34 tty62
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 63 May 29 19:34 tty63
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 7 May 29 19:34 tty7
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 8 May 29 19:34 tty8
    crw--w---- 1 root tty 4, 9 May 29 19:34 tty9
    crw------- 1 root root 5, 3 May 29 19:34 ttyprintk
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 64 May 29 19:34 ttyS0
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 65 May 29 19:34 ttyS1
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 74 May 29 19:34 ttyS10
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 75 May 29 19:34 ttyS11
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 76 May 29 19:34 ttyS12
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 77 May 29 19:34 ttyS13
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 78 May 29 19:34 ttyS14
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    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 83 May 29 19:34 ttyS19
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 66 May 29 19:34 ttyS2
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 84 May 29 19:34 ttyS20
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 85 May 29 19:34 ttyS21
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    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 87 May 29 19:34 ttyS23
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    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 67 May 29 19:34 ttyS3
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    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 95 May 29 19:34 ttyS31
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 68 May 29 19:34 ttyS4
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    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 72 May 29 19:34 ttyS8
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 73 May 29 19:34 ttyS9
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 60 May 29 19:34 .udev
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 239 May 29 19:34 uhid
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 223 May 29 19:34 uinput
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 9 May 29 19:34 urandomfre
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 May 29 19:34 usb
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 0 May 29 19:34 vcs
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 1 May 29 19:34 vcs1
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 2 May 29 19:34 vcs2
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 3 May 29 19:34 vcs3
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 4 May 29 19:34 vcs4
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 5 May 29 19:34 vcs5
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    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 7 May 29 19:34 vcs7
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 128 May 29 19:34 vcsa
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 129 May 29 19:34 vcsa1
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 130 May 29 19:34 vcsa2
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    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 134 May 29 19:34 vcsa6
    crw-rw---- 1 root tty 7, 135 May 29 19:34 vcsa7
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 63 May 29 19:34 vga_arbiter
    crw------- 1 root root 10, 238 May 29 19:34 vhost-net
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 5 May 29 19:34 zero
    fred@THISDARNUBUNTU:/dev$
    Last edited by J Tinsby; May 30th, 2014 at 01:06 AM.

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    If inclined to pursue -
    Seeing as it works fine once per boot I'd look at what happens after that first play as obviously all is well for the first play.

    As far as vlc - it defaults to /dev/cdrom (Sony drive) though from autoplay it should use either. From command line or Media > Open disc you need to pick the correct drive, /dev/sr0 for sony or /dev/sr1 for iHAP322 9

    I'd ck. by doing a fresh boot, play a dvd, then eject properly from either nautilus sidebar or Unity launcher.
    Then insert another dvd, after the drive settles run sudo lshw -C disk & see if the filesystem on the dvd (udf) has been mounted
    (- while playback of a dvd with an unmounted filesystem is possible it's better for troubleshooting if it is

    You should see something similar to this in *-cdrom section -
    configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=udf mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gi d=1000,umask=77,iocharset=utf8 state=mounted status=ready

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    J Tinsby,
    Try it from the command line and observe the outputs. First find the correct disk:
    Code:
    lsblk
    output show reflect the correct name. Mine is 'sr0'.
    So using the terminal:
    Code:
    cvlc dvd://sr0
    Should show something on this order:

    Code:
    libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.2.1
    libdvdread: Encrypted DVD support unavailable.
    ************************************************
    **                                            **
    **  No css library available. See             **
    **  /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/README.css     **
    **  for more information.                     **
    **                                            **
    ************************************************
    libdvdnav: DVD Title: JACK_REACHER
    libdvdnav: DVD Serial Number: 52268BF300000000
    libdvdnav: DVD Title (Alternative): 
    ...
    If your movie plays the first time, do it again from the terminal, and see if you have different outputs/errors.

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    Exclamation Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Hi mc4man,

    Sorry didn't get back here sooner I had to remove ubuntu and start over again, had no backup to install <sigh>

    Anyway I now have the same libaries installed and have run the command for restricted files.

    Please note that at present I have not re-installed vlc but was experimenting with the 'videos' player that come with ubuntu. I have found the following"

    1/ Just like vlc, the 'videos' player will play a dvd just fine one time only.
    2/ Upon ejecting the disc using the dvd icon and closing the tray, I can't open the tray again the button won't respond it is effectively locked! Vlc nevef did that, this is new.
    3/ Trying the second drive the result is the same as in vlc, IE: the 'videos' player won't open a second time.
    4/ Like when using vlc a reboot will allow a one time play of the dvd.

    I ran the command you suggested and got this:

    *-cdrom:0
    description: DVD writer
    product: DVD RW DW-U10A
    vendor: SONY
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: 1.1d
    serial: [
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-cdrom:1
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: iHAP322 9
    vendor: ATAPI
    physical id: 0.1.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.1.0
    logical name: /dev/sr1
    logical name: /media/fred/PHANTOM_OF_THE_OPERA_DISK_2
    version: 6L1C
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=udf mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gi d=1000,umask=77,iocharset=utf8 state=mounted status=nodisc


    NB: I find it interesting, if not maddening, that the /media/fred/PHANTOM_OF_THE_OPERA_DISK_2 line is there..... because the disc was NOT in the tray at the time I ran your command string. Yes I see that it says status=nodisc but why save the title of what isn't there?

    vlc used to do the same thing, if I got it to open a second time, the name of the previous disc was displayed in the vlc menu bar, not the disc I was trying to play. Maybe it's supposed to be held in memory but I wouln't know why. Also the dvd icon in the launcher remains in the open position even though the tray is closed. I have to manually unlook it from the launcher.

    I have no other players like SMplayer installed. I need vlc for other formats as well as dvd's, I listen to streaming media that comes in the form of a .pls file. Vlc will play that just fine in windows 7 or even xp.

    I am very appreciative for your and VMC's help and anyone elses, I am determined to figure this out before I go further into ubuntu.

    Regards and thanks!

    J T

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Hi VMC,

    Thank you for the information you kindly posted for me.

    If you read my reply to mc4man you will see where I am now and what's going on, maybe it will help get this thing sorted. Right now since I have no vlc player installed of course I can't use your last command. I am having similar trouble with the Totem player that comes with ubuntu. If that isn't going to work correctly there is little hope of vlc ever working.

    I will be happy to re-install vlc if necessary but when I can only play a dvd one time with the most basic player, a re-install of vlc may not prove anything.

    You all know far more about linux than I, sorry I can't be of more help with this annoying problem.

    Cheers and look forward to hearing your ideas as well as anyone else's.

    J T
    Last edited by J Tinsby; June 19th, 2014 at 01:20 AM.

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    If inclined to pursue -
    Seeing as it works fine once per boot I'd look at what happens after that first play as obviously all is well for the first play.

    As far as vlc - it defaults to /dev/cdrom (Sony drive) though from autoplay it should use either. From command line or Media > Open disc you need to pick the correct drive, /dev/sr0 for sony or /dev/sr1 for iHAP322 9

    I'd ck. by doing a fresh boot, play a dvd, then eject properly from either nautilus sidebar or Unity launcher.
    Then insert another dvd, after the drive settles run sudo lshw -C disk & see if the filesystem on the dvd (udf) has been mounted
    (- while playback of a dvd with an unmounted filesystem is possible it's better for troubleshooting if it is

    You should see something similar to this in *-cdrom section -
    mc4man,

    Sorry for the delay in replying to your instructions.

    I re-installed vlc player and tried your command of sudo lshw -C disk, this is what I got:

    *-cdrom:1
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: iHAP322 9
    vendor: ATAPI
    physical id: 0.1.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.1.0
    logical name: /dev/sr1
    logical name: /media/fred/Punisher_EC
    version: 6L1C
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=udf mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gi d=1000,umask=77,iocharset=utf8 state=mounted status=ready

    I got the same message from the default CD ROM /sr0 and it gave me the choice when I inserted the disc what to use to play it. Of course I chose vlc. Then I used the launcher and ejected the disc and tried it again. Of course the tray was locked!

    So I then tried to use the /sr1 drive with another disc, and I was again given the choice of what program to play the dvd with, and again I chose vlc and it opened and played the dvd.. Note that I used 2 dvd's not the same one over and over for the test.

    Now able to re insert the SAME disc over and over into sr1 and each time I get the prompt asking what to play it with etc. However sr0's tray remains locked. What changed to allow me to do this I have no idea.

    Wanted to let you know where I am in the process! No idea though how to unlock the /dev/s0 drive or why it locks to begin with.

    Cheers!

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    Re: VLC "was" working in Ubuntu 14.04 but only for one DVD ...

    Quote Originally Posted by J Tinsby View Post

    I see sr0 sr1 in the list below, yes I have 2 DVD drives but no matter which one of these 2 I choose, none will work more than one time.

    Seems no one has a clue, least of all me. I only added this information to help someone more knowledgeable than I to help sort this out. Should I not pay attention to all the others that are listed after lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 May 29 19:34 cdrom -> sr0 ?

    Now doing an
    sudo lshw command tells me that sr0 is my Sony dvd and sr1 is the LiteOn drive.

    *-cdrom:0
    description: DVD writer
    product: DVD RW DW-U10A
    vendor: SONY
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: 1.1d
    serial: [
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-cdrom:1
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: iHAP322 9
    vendor: ATAPI
    physical id: 0.1.0
    bus info: scsi@5:0.1.0
    logical name: /dev/sr1
    version: 6L1C
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-scsi:2


    thanks to all in advance



    J T
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