I got some new-ish DVDs to watch. Unfortunately VLC keeps crashing. I set it to Debug mode and got some feedback:

libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 6.0.0 libdvdnav: DVD Title: LEGEND_OF_KORRA_VOL2 libdvdnav: DVD Serial Number: 42da2910 libdvdnav: DVD Title (Alternative): libdvdnav: DVD disk reports itself with Region mask 0x00f50000. Regions: 2 4

libdvdread: Attempting to retrieve all CSS keys libdvdread: This can take a long time, please be patient


libdvdread: Get key for /VIDEO_TS/VTS_23_1.VOB at 0x003c8185 libdvdread: Elapsed time 0 libdvdread: Found 23 VTS's libdvdread: Elapsed time 0

* libdvdread: CHECK_VALUE failed in src/ifo_read.c:906 for pgc->cell_playback_offset != 0 *

* libdvdread: CHECK_VALUE failed in src/ifo_read.c:906 for pgc->cell_playback_offset != 0 *

libdvdnav: Suspected RCE Region Protection!!! libdvdnav: Suspected RCE Region Protection!!! libva info: VA-API version 1.1.0 libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0 libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/i965_drv_video.so libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_1 libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0 Gleitkomma-Ausnahme (Speicherabzug geschrieben)

If I use dvdsimple:// at least the menu don't crash, but I get 99 titles and all them skip back to the pre-selected title after a while, none plays back fully. On this example Disk are 6 Main titles and some extras, when starting at a main title (title 8 is first main title in this case) and going back to menu to select a different title the same content is played back as in title 8.

Tested Mplayer as well, and get similar problems.

  • ere the output of regionset: >regionset version 0.1 -- reads/sets region code on > DVD drives > Current Region Code settings: > RPC Phase: II > type: SET vendor resets available: 4 user controlled changes resets available: 4 drive plays discs from region(s): 2, mask=0xFD Mar 16, 2019 at 20:08

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Try running:

regionset /dev/dvd

It looks like your hardware is running at a different region code.

Consider that you can change the region code of your DVD drive only a few times.

How to use the programm

You need write access to the DVD drive, either by group or by being root. The more, there absolutely definitively and in any case must be a readable Data CD or Data/Video DVD in the drive -- it does not matter if it's your favourite Windows CD, a video or a DVD with your last backup.

By default, regionset will use /dev/dvd to find your DVD drive. You can adjust this by entering the path to the DVD device as first command line parameter (please absolute path!).

If everything goes well, regionset will show you the current region code of the drive, how often it has been changed and how many changes are left. If there are any changes left, it asks for the new region code (see table above). After confirmation, the new region code will be set -- if you enter the same region code as the current one of the drive or just break the programm, regionset will just exit without setting the new code. On successful change of the region code, you'll get a confirmation.

Are you in Europe (region 2)?

  • thanks, region is ok 2 europe is right. not sure why it is reporting 2 and 4 may be that's confusing the debug output, didn't know a DVD can have more than one region only 0 (region free) unfortunately I can't set the drive to 0 as it is too new some older drive were able to be set to 0 and read any disk. Mar 16, 2019 at 20:03
  • If you own the DVD you can make a region free backup copy with any DVD transcoder (e.g DVD::Rip, HandBrake DVD Shrink etc.).
    – Eisenhans
    Mar 16, 2019 at 20:11
  • I don't think it is a region lock problem. As I tried DVD::Rip and Handbreak in copy to my HDD and DVD::Rip only gathers about 40 to 70 % of each title before erroring out about unexpected EOF. I have read over other 99 title DVDs but they are all one long main title so you can guess which title to playback by length. Mar 17, 2019 at 7:10

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