Ubuntu :: Play DVDs From External Optical Drive On ASUS EEE PC 901?
Jul 20, 2011
Sorry if this question might sound stupid I'm a complete noob here. I bought an ASUS EEE PC 901 second hand and had reformatted the hard disk with a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.10 netbook remix. formatted the 2 drives as follows : 4 gb hard disk space ext4 , and 8 GB hard disk space ext4 This was after countless problems with Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop edition previously not being able to connect to the internet via my home wifi router. I took the advice on this forum somewhere, someone said 10.10 NBR will not have issues with wifi connectivity. Tried it and it worked. On my current Ubuntu NBR 10.10 installation, absolutely no wifi connectivity problems whatsoever.
Now my brand new MyLink portable USB Optical Drive which plays DVDs and CDs has arrived in the post. I open it, plug it into my ASUS eee pc 901. And nothing happened. I am used to using Windows and its Plug and Play function. Now for the life of me, this just doesn't happen in Ubuntu right now. The computer does recognise the drive though. Under Applications > Disk Utility I can see the optical drive right there and there's an option to use Brasero to copy and burn DVDs. However no option to play. I tried using the Movieplayer that comes installed with this Ubuntu version to play the DVD I'd insertedd into the drive, but on clicking "Add file" to try and search where on the system the DVD file is located, nothing turns up. All I can see are my home directory and the files on my hard drive.
The external optical drive came with a CD with the drivers on the CD, meant to be installed I think. But I have absolutely no idea how to install it on Ubuntu. Or if I need to install it.Can anybody help me out please? I'm starting to think maybe I should have just stuck to the Windows XP that came with this netbook. I would prefer to stick with Ubuntu though as its supposedly faster than Windows...
I'm trying to backup netbook files to an external optical drive. I can read discs but not write. A while back I tried using K3b but it did not see the external drive. Now it does, but tells me write access is needed and quits. I am in the cdrom group.
I have an external CD/DVD usb drive and as soon as I insert a disk (I've tried both CD and DVD), the drive icon disappears (unmounts?).I thought it was a bus power issue because it is a mini laptop (Asus Eee PC). This small/slim external drive has two USB cables, one for power and one for power/data. So, I plugged the power cable into my nearby Windows desktop computer and just the power/data into the Ubuntu PC.
I have a Fujitsu Lifebook A3130, and I have semi-recently installed Fedora 11. I am still a fairly new linux user, and would like to continue to use this great open source software, but it seems my DVD drive fails to play DVD's. The specs are here, but unfortunately they don't give much detail as to the model number of the drive in question. I insert the disk, and it pops up with the following dialogue:
You have just inserted a Video DVD. Choose what application to launch. Select how to open "disk name" and weather to perform this action in the future for other media of type "video DVD". It then suggests opening the disk in "Movie Player", and provides a check box for "Always perform this action". I hit OK, and it seems to try to open Movie Player, but then comes up with this error:
An error occurred Could not read from resource. Then it provides an "OK" button. When I click the button it goes back to Movie Player, and proceeds to not show any video.
I just tried to open the disk inside of Movie Player, via the "Movie" menu, then clicking "play disk 'disk name'", but once again I get an error: Totem cannot play this type of media (DVD) because it does not have the appropriate plugins to be able to read from the disk. Please install the necessary plugins and restart Totem to be able to play this media. And again it provides an OK button, which diverts back to the main Movie Player window.
I could not get get the LG External CD R/W Drive that I recently purchased to work with my ASUS Eee Netbook (Linux based) and ended up giving the drive to a friend to use with his Windows XP based laptop.How do I make an External CD R/W Drive work with this Linux-based machine?I am an engineer (civil-structural), but not that savvy with respect to computers; particularly issues of compatibility of hardware / software.
i just installed 10.10 on my girls laptop (Acer Aspire 5735z) hoping it would fix the old problem i had with playing real dvd's. it didnt. it keeps saying "Could not read from Resource". when i try with VLC is say "Could not read from file". but if i put in a burned movie, it plays fine. i checked and it has libdvdcss2, libdvdnav4, and libdvdread4 installed. i get the same problems with my laptop (toshiba portege m400 tablet) which runs fedora 13.
I plugged in my external dvd-r (asus) via usb. It showed me some message on shell, that it has detected the cdrom(although its dvd rom as well but nevermind) and its of ASUS. But how do i know which dev it was associated with in /dev/? Since i had to test something, i plugged it out, and save the output of ls /dev/ > ~/result.txt
after plugging the dvd-rom, i compared the results and was able to find that it was associated with simple cdrom i.e. /dev/cdrom. I wanted to know that is there any command that will tell me which /dev/ file was associated with external dvdrom? i tried to see in the following result
1) df -h ( no results, just the already mounted partitions) 2) fdisk -l ( same as above) 3) dmesg | tail (shown almost the same result as was shown on shell at the time of plugging the dvd)
Is there any dvd drive with longevity? The boxes in this "normal" house have had 100% failures on dvd writers and readers in recent years. I'm an electronics guy and know why this happens - minute changes in the careful balance on the reading head, not helped by the facts that:
1. low grade adjustable resistors are often used
2. The range of adjustment is far too great, making it impossible to retain a stable preset value.
3. Optical diodes lose forward voltage drop over time. If they start at, e.g. 1.2V after some months or years the forward voltage will be down to 1.0V. This changes the current, hence the brightness.
I have used my PC for watching videos for some time. Normalmente with VLC under Ubuntu 10.4. Recently though I have two videos I brought from the States (I am in Argentina) and neither will work. They are ok on my DVD player, but not on the PC. In VLC the control pannel opens, but the video window opens a second and closes. In the Mplayer it says it could not read from source.
I just upgraded to Karmic, I had not previously tried to play dvds but i cant seem to get it to work. I downloaded VLC to see if thta would fix it but to no avail. Any ideas?? I also downloaded a restricted date allowance package but nothing works. It doenst say it cant play it, it just wont start at all.
When I put a DVD in either of my two drives, the movie will not play using either VLC or Movie Player.
When I go to 'Open Disc' in VLC, next to 'Disc Device' it lists a string of two very odd characters, ��, as the only option. The drop-down arrow doesn't work. When I click on 'Browse' and navigate to the name of the movie (which I assume is the drive) in the 'Places' menu, nothing happens.
In Movie Player, when I go to Movie > Play Disc "(Insert Movie Name Here)", I get the following error message: "Could not read from resource"
The same thing happens with either drive, with either of two DVDs.
I've installed libdvdcss2 (using these instructions), but still can't play encrypted DVDs. It appears to be an encryption thing, because I can play backed-up/decrypted DVDs. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04, 64 bit. Another user here got it working by installing Ubuntu from scratch, then going straight to install medibuntu and libdvdcss, but that's not a realistic option for me at this point.
I'm running Fedora 13 on my Toshiba laptop and I cant play DVDs. If I try to play a DVD using VLC player nothing seems to happen. A similar thing happens if I try to watch it in the "Dragon Player" that came with Fedora, except it doesn't play any videos at all (that's why I downloaded VLC). How can I get DVDs to play?
DVDs will not play with any app., however, all play fine in Linux Mint (dual booting here) with a straight install.
VLC gives me the following error message: Playback failure: VLC cannot set the DVD's title. It possibly cannot decrypt the entire disc. Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details. Playback failure: VLC cannot set the DVD's title. It possibly cannot decrypt the entire disc. Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/sr0'. Check the log for details.
Again, I'm not trying to rip or decrypt anything, just play. All DVD & players give me the same results in Ubuntu, but all play fine in Linux Mint.
I'm running UNR 10.04 (fresh install) on a new Acer Aspire1 250 and just cannot get encrypted DVDs to play at all (as far as I can tell), using any media-player software.I'm having the most luck so far with xine (it is at least properly playing a DVD that I think must not be encrypted), so I'd like to start with trying to get xine working.
Running xine-ui 0.99.5+cvs20070914-2.1 I have installed ubuntu-restricted-extras, libdvdnav4, libdvdread4, libdvdcss2, gstreamer-plugins-bad, gstreamer-plugins-ugly.
I'm using a LaCie external DVD to (try to) play these. After inserting the DVD, I start up xine, which will play usually a brief introduction to the DVD (like the FBI warning, studio logo, maybe start up the menu) and then crash, giving the error message:
The source can't be read. Maybe you don't have enough rights for this, or source doesn't contain data (e.g.: not disc in drive). (/media/GOODWILL/VIDEO_TS/VTS_06_1.VOB)
The last line of course varies with the DVD, and there are many of these messages (one per track, I think). Like I suspect, does this mean that xine doesn't realize that libdvdcss2 is there (or some codec)? If so, how do I tell it where to look?
I'm trying to watch a dvd on Lucid, but not vlc or xine can open it.I have the libdvdnav, libdvdcss and libdvdcss libraries from the medibuntu repositories installed.Here is the log I gget from vlc when I try to play the dvd. It seems as if cannot decode the format.
Code: libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.1.3 libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.10 for DVD access
I have libdvdcss2 installed (it might not be working properly, but it is installed) My DVD reader is set to region 2The DVDs I'm testing with are store-bought region 2 discs The test DVDs play fine on a standalone player and a Windows laptopNow the problem: This machine (a Dell T3400, very boring) was upgraded from Kubuntu 8.04.1 64-bit to Kubuntu 10.04 64-bit a couple of month ago. Before the upgrade I was able to play and rip encrypted DVDs successfully using VLC and dvd::rip.
After the upgrade neither playing nor ripping works reliably. Some DVDs will play in VLC, but a lot will stop halfway through or close to the end of a track. I've not been able to rip any encrypted DVD at all. Usually dvd::rip will get a failure when it runs lsdvd to read the DVD's table of contents. If it gets past that it will inevitably freeze up part of the way through ripping a track.
I've booted the machine back into 8.04.1 64-bit from a USB key and verified that I can still play and rip DVDs that will not work in 10.04, so it doesn't seem like a hardware problem. As I say above, the DVDs work fine in other players and machines.The failures seem to be related to a libdvdcss seek error:
libdvdcss error: seek error libdvdread: Can't seek to block 4072713 libdvdread: Invalid IFO for title 23 (VTS_23_0.IFO).
The block number will be different with different discs/tracks but it's usually some variation on this. I initially thought it might be this problem: [URL] but that patch seems to have been merged in ages ago. The attached logs show my attempts to run vlc, lsdvd and dvdbackup on both 8.04.1 (hardy.log) and 10.04 (lucid.log) with the same DVD ("The Shield", season 4 disc 3). As you can see there are a lot of errors logged by libdvdread3 on 8.04.1, but it does work eventually. No such luck on 10.04.
In case it matters, the DVD reader is one of these:
I cannot play encoded dvds, or access the menu options of dvds with menus.1. My dvd drive appears to work fine. It can play anything else i put in it.2. I have enabled Restricted Formats and Medibuntu. Both are fine.3. I have installed libdvdcss2 and libdvdread4. Both are fine.4. I have installed VLC. It can see the tracks on the disk but cycles through them without playing anything.5. I have Gnome MPlayer. It can see the tracks on the disk, but not open the menu screen. It can even play tracks on the disk, but only from 25 minutes into the track and onwards. (?!?) The image and audio work fine so it can obviously read the data, but it can't manage the menu and finding the first 25 minutes of each track.. Everything is up to date. Nothing appears broken.I have been using Ubuntu for 3 years now and have challenged many Windows friends to change. Some have. But without a dvd player... That's going to be like selling a three-wheeled car.
I've tried everything that I can find. Nothing is working. I'm sitting here with my netflix delivered copy of Farscape: peacekeeper wars. And I can't play it. 8( I have another DVD that is a how to for comps(A+ level type stuff) and it won't work either. If I go to home and look it only says cd/DVD drive. I have two. I'm very new to ubuntu. Are they supposed to do like windows and show they have anything.
I've bought some Doctor Who DVDs in UK and now, i cant play it here at home (Czech Republic). I tried defferent DVD's and they work just fine.I've tried install medibuntu and libdvdcss and it still doesn't work.