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How do I successfully play video CDs/DVDs under Fedora 22?

asked 2015-09-14 12:19:55 -0500

updated 2015-09-14 22:47:09 -0500

When I put a video CD or DVD into the drive, a popup correctly identifies the disc and asks if I want to use videos to play it, answering in the affermative, videos loads ... and does nothing (except show the disc title).

This behaviour has been common to fedora 18 (why I wanted to upgrade) 20 & 22 (which I'm running now).

The application controls (aspect ratio, disc menu, pause, etc. etc.) seem to accept input but nothing shows in the film window.

I've tried as many different types of disc as I can: multi-episode TV series, single film, region 1, region 2, DVD, PAL CD, but nothing plays - and there are no helpful error messages.


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I looked and tried that, but the 'solution' doesn't work properly: the video is excessively pixelated; the DVD drive sounds as if it's trying to shake itself to bits; and I can only see the disc menu screens - which don't work properly.

But thanks anyway

rogerb gravatar imagerogerb ( 2015-09-14 16:08:50 -0500 )edit

Do you experience issue only with cd/dvd video media? Do you manage to boot your PC with a cd/dvd or execute files from a dvd? Is the lens of your optical device clean?

What is the result of playing a video from your hdd? Or copying the dvd files to your hdd and play the movie?

yolo gravatar imageyolo ( 2015-09-15 15:25:47 -0500 )edit

Data DVDs are no problem - I started my upgrade path by downloading 2 ISOs (MINT & Fedora Live) successfully burnt them and booted from them - then discovered the virtues of fedup --network. Audio CDs also play fine via Rhythmbox.

Thanks for your interest, yolo

rogerb gravatar imagerogerb ( 2015-09-15 16:09:51 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-09-14 12:33:25 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

Your problem is probably related to the lack of codecs on your system and I believe it can be solved by following steps mentioned in this post. :-)

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I'm sure that you are right about codecs, but vlc only just works (not fully) and videos is till just as bad. I suspect that 2012 answer isn't adequate any more for Fedora 22 in 2015

rogerb gravatar imagerogerb ( 2015-09-14 16:14:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-09-14 19:58:30 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2015-09-14 22:46:46 -0500

Besides the codecs mentioned here, you will also need libdvdread and libdvdnav in order to play DVD's correctly. Are you sure you have those packages installed ? If not, run sudo dnf install libdvdread libdvdnav. Good luck.

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Unfortunately; dnf gives:

**Dependencies resolved.

Nothing to do.


so apparently that isn't the answer ...

Thanks anyway.

rogerb gravatar imagerogerb ( 2015-09-14 22:37:23 -0500 )edit

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