I got this error when trying to play DVDs in VLC media player.
Never had any problems with this in Windows. Just Ctrl-D to "open disc" and then press <Enter> and the DVD starts to play no problem.
But when trying in Linux Mint I kept getting an error about nothing being found:
DVDRead could not open the disc "/dev/dvd".
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///dev/dvd'. Check the log for details.
So I did some googling and it turns out that /dev/dvd is not where the DVD is mounted. Instead, it was mounted to /dev/sr0. I think the same goes for any other mounted media e.g. /dev/sr1 etc.
So all I needed to do was change /dev/dvd to /dev/sr0 in the field in VLC Media Player appropriate box when doing Ctrl-D and all was fine after that.
You can get around this by creating a symbolic link to remap sr0 to dvd, using the following command:
sudo ln -s /dev/sr0 /dev/dvd
I learned this here.
It's been a while since I learned about creating links with "ln". More info here: Q & A: The difference between hard and soft links.
Sunday, 12 January 2014
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