Ubuntu – Does the optical drive not play commercial dvds


I'm very new to Ubuntu having just replaced a faulty Windows 7 on my Sony Viao. I now find that my DVD drive will not play commercial movie DVDs. I have loaded the recommended files. I can use home-made DVD-R no problem, but with the commercial DVDs, the drive makes a loud clicking noise and eventually stops without VLC opening. On a single layer movie disc, VLC reported a blank disc. Any ideas?

Best Answer

Because commercial dvd's are encrypted, to be able to read them you need to install some codecs.

Open terminal and enter the following:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

you may have to enter those commands separately, and you may have to reboot.

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