Wednesday, June 30, 2010

*Sigh* Sometimes it's the little things

I was setting up my new laptop (running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Lenovo G555) and installed all of the necessary packages for playing DVDs, but I kept getting authorization errors...  Well, it turns out that every time I've set up Linux to play DVDs before, it's always been on a well used computer that's already played DVDs before, and this laptop never had a region set for the DVD drive.  That's where the regionset command comes in!  Running regionset shows the current region (or in my case, that no region was set yet) and allows you to change the region:

$ 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): 1, mask=0xFE

Would you like to change the region setting of your drive? [y/n]:n


That's it - make sure you have a CD or DVD in the drive, then just answer 'y' if you wish to change the region, then input the number of the region you wish to set it to!

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