Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Watch DVD on EeePC

Like many Linux distributions, the default media player of the EeePC does not come with a software library for accessing and unscrambling DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS) due to fears of running afoul of DMCA-style laws. But you can easily install libdvdcss which is a simple library designed for accessing DVDs like a block device without having to bother about the decryption.

The instructions here are mainly from EeeUser Wiki: Watch DVD. I just add some screenshots for Linux novice.

1) Download the Debian package libdvdcss2_1.2.9-1_i386.deb (right click on this link and "Save Link as").

2) After your download is completed, open "File Manager", locate the file you have downloaded, right click on it, and select "Install DEB file".

3) Enter your password when prompted, then click [OK].

4) Wait until the installation is completed.

5) Open [Media Player] from the [Play] tab > Select [Options] > [Preferences]

6) Select "xv" as output video driver, then click on [OK].

Now your EeePC is ready to watch most DVDs on the default media player (smplayer).


  1. fantastic - Worked perfectly on my EeePC 4G surf standard xandros. Now watching DVD's using FREECOM external (USB 2) DVD RW Recorder.

  2. Thank you SO much! I have an Asus 900A that runs Linux. I just got a Fantom Netbook Mate docking station, so I could have extra storage, as well as the option to be able to watch DVDs when I'm traveling.

    I was going crazy because I could not get any DVD to play at all; I thought maybe the thing was not Linux-compatible (although it says it is right on the box). I did a little searching and found the Eee PC Wiki and your blog. Followed the instructions, and it worked perfectly! Thanks again!

  3. can this work on Asus Eee PC 1005pe that runs on windows 7 starter?