Wednesday, July 04, 2007

How To Install DVD playback on a fresh Ubuntu Feisty (or Gutsy) install

Since I will just setup another laptop for work, I had to run through this again, and thought I would make a separate entry on DVD playback setup, since it can be a PITA.

First things first, run this: (either from a ALT+F2 run prompt or terminal)

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

This brings up the text editor, where you add the following lines:

## Medibuntu - Ubuntu 7.04 "feisty fawn"
## Please report any bug on
deb feisty free non-free
deb-src feisty free non-free

then save

Next, go to the terminal,

sudo wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

This will add the key for the repository.

Then update:

sudo apt-get update

Next you install the libdvdcss2 and w32codecs:

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 w32codecs

It is recommended (by me at least) to use the xine streamer (which works better than the installed one)

Open synaptic, install totem xine streamer (totem-xine)

then I had to run this:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread3 libxine1-ffmpeg

that should just about do it.

this info came mainly from here.


install the needed packages:

sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3

then run this to download and install the dvd library:
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/
(this came from here)

updated for Hardy - here


LeeH said...

This worked like a charm, in less than 10 minutes I was watching a DVD. Wife is thrilled and we are free (of Windoze). Thank You!!

James D. Bausch said...

glad to be of service!