I recently decided to try Ubuntu - on both a laptop (Toshiba 1800) and a spare desktop (Tiny Pentium II). While full of admiration for the excellent apt-get install which I used to install xine (plus libdvdcss2), MPlayer and RealPlayer (following the instructions in the Unofficial Ubuntu 5.04 Starter Guide - http://ubuntuguide.org/
), I was subsequently somewhat dismayed to find that:
(1) DVDs will not play smoothly in xine on either the laptop or the desktop
(2) MPlayer crashes and scrambles the screen (blue and black vertical lines) on both laptop and desktop as soon as I try to play a DVD
(3) RealPlayer won't play news videos from the BBC site on the desktop. Initially, the program wouldn't even open at all until I removed the SWF plugins.
On (1) I have made sure DMA is enabled, I have tried all the various video drivers, and I have changed the bit depth from 24 to 16
On (2) I have no idea what to try
On (3) I have tried lots of different options in RealPlayer Preferences
Nothing seems to resolve the issues. So all I have managed to achieve after installing these programs is the ability to view BBC news videos on the laptop. Hey, one out of six ain't bad !! DVDs play fine on the Windows side of both computers incidentally, and I have not had this problem with either SuSE or Fedora. Makes me wonder whether Ubuntu is perhaps not best suited to multimedia.
Unless anyone can give me any pointers, I shall continue to research this and see if I can solve the problems.
One thing someone might possibly be able to help on. How do you change default programs in Ubuntu? Every time I insert a DVD, Totem opens. How would I change this to xine, assuming of course I can first get this program to play smoothly? Oh, and by the way, Totem won't play DVDs properly either.