[mythtv-users] FYI - Lack of DVD Drive Region Caused Playback Issues

Mike Poublon poublon at geeksoft.dyndns.org
Sat Jan 6 15:40:33 UTC 2007

I recently had a problem with my MythTV frontend not being able to play 
back a fairly recent DVD (Pirates of the Caribbean 2). The problem only 
showed up after I had replaced a fairly old drive with a brand new one 
that by default didn't have a region set. The video played back in 
MythDVD was blocky and garbled, but the audio seemed to be coming 
through just fine (using the internal player). I figured out that it was 
the region code while following a document about how to get DVD playback 
working in Xine (which I was going to try to use as an alternate 
player). The interesting thing was that the DVD played fine (without 
menus) in mplayer. I used the regionset utility from the dvd-tools 
package and everything is now up and running.

Hopefully the time I spent diagnosing the issue will be able to save a 
few others the time and hassle.

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