Sunday, November 11, 2007

How to Play Encrypted (Copyrighted) DVDs in Gutsy

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon does not play DVDs out of the box. In order to play DVDs you need to install the Medibuntu Repository and a couple of packages. This guide will get your Gutsy install playing DVDs like a champ in less then 4 minutes.

This will add the Medibuntu repository to your repository lists
In a terminal type:
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then you have to add the GPG Key to authentic the packages
In a terminal type:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now update your system to load the Medibuntu repository into your apt-get sources
sudo apt-get update

Download the DVDs playback packages
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdread3

Now pop in a DVD and enjoy!
edited by pHreaksYcle


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Nightstudies said...

Perhaps I need to test it on more disks, but doing this (and the codec install above) on my 64 bit Gutsy install didn't allow totem to play my Disney "Howl's Moving Castle" DVD, though it had no problem with an unprotected disk.

MPlayer didn't work either.

But VLC (which you can find in Synaptic) is working perfectly and can play protected disks.

racoon97 said...

You can also install DVD support only with :
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

Marcelo said...

I use gmplayer and Totem to play DVDs. The thing is that when playing a DVD with gmplayer, it reaches a moment that freezes and the DVD unit seems to be reading something (the light blinks), but nothing happens. And with Totem with one DVD (Pink Floyd The Wall) it wouldn't even start playing.
It happens with another DVD that Totem freezes within the firts 20 minutes of playing, blinking the DVD unit led.
I don't know what is happening.
Any idea?