DVD playback is choppy in Xine

Q I have recently installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba 1800 laptop. It seems to work fine but DVD playback is choppy in Xine and MPlayer crashes as soon as I try to play a movie. Any guidance you can give me would be appreciated!

A Top of the list of things to try is to make sure DMA is enabled for your DVD drive. Something like:

hdparm -d1 /dev/hdc (changing hdc for the device of your DVD if it's different)

should do the job. MPlayer as supplied with Ubuntu has a number of problematic issues - if you really want to have it, it's best to compile it from source.

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