[MPlayer-users] Newbie? Playing DVD's on Mplayer

Aaron Peterson dopplecoder at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 21:56:15 CET 2005

I've never had any problem with the following:

mplayer dvd://


mplayer dvd:// -dvd-device /dev/dvddevice

or if I want to play title 5 rather than 1

mplayer dvd://5 -dvd-device /dev/dvddevice

or on systems where mplayer has extreme difficulty finding the dvd drive:

mount /dev/whatever /mnt/cdrom
mplayer dvd:// -dvd-device /mnt/cdrom


On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 21:54:49 +0000, nigel henry <cave.dnb at tiscali.fr> wrote:
> On Monday 21 Mar 2005 1:02 am, D Richard Felker III wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 21, 2005 at 01:09:18AM +0000, nigel henry wrote:
> > > Hi folks. I'm trying to get Mplayer set up to play DVD's. It will play
> > > sound files ok. .ogg, .wav, .mp3. But no matter what I try I can't get it
> > > to play my DVD's. DVD ROM drive is Asus DVD-ROM DVD-E616P 0104 CDU5211.
> > > Video Card: Rage 128 RL/VR AGP.  Sound Card: Ensoniq ES1371 [Audio
> > > PCI-97] Driver ES1371. There is no problem with the DVD ROM drive it
> > > plays fine on the same machine using Win ME and the Asus software. This
> > > is on FC1, Kernel
> > > 2.4.22-1.2199.nptl. Sound: OSS. I've set the video options to use VIDIX
> > > driver which the manual says is for the Rage 128 card, but am very
> > > confused about codecs. This is for playing PAL DVD's. The file name for
> > > the DVD I tried is .VOB, but when I click on any of the files on the DVD
> > > the Mplayer screen turns black and then reverts to the Mplayer screen.
> > > Like Zilch. Any help to not have to use Win ME to play DVD's would be
> > > very gratefully appreciated. Nigel.
> >
> > Read the documentation. You can't just play .vob files from the dvd.
> > You have to use a command line of the form mplayer dvd://titlenumber
> > where titlenumber is replaced by whatever title on the dvd you want to
> > play. Usually it's 1 (or sometimes 2 or 3) for movie dvds, but
> > sometimes you have to experiment until you find the right one, or look
> > for a program that will dump the names and lengths of all titles on
> > the dvd for you.
> >
> > Rich
> Hi Rich. Thanks for the help. Tried the command line, but it didn't want to
> open the DVD drive. But tried playing some Simpsons episodes, .mpg and .avi
> and just happened to right click on the screen while they were playing, and a
> menu popped up with open DVD on it. As I still had the DVD in the drive I
> went for it and it played like clockwork. I do think it would be nice to have
> a nice little HOW-TO for the sake of those migrating from Windows to Linux to
> show how to get DVD's to play. Theres loads of tech stuff in the manual, and
> I'd read it right through, but probably the first thing that someone is going
> to want to try, is to play a DVD, and theres nothing specific as to how to do
> it. I'm very happy with Mplayer because now I've got something I can play
> MP3's on as well. Thanks again Rich. Nigel.
> >
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