[PC-BSD Support] problems playing dvd and cd media

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Tue Oct 30 06:10:25 PST 2007

Normally its just a matter of installing the codec package on PC-BSD 
which lets you play DVD's and such.

If memory serves me right, they are available here:


Of course you need to know that the DVD decryption stuff is illegal in 
some countries, you will need to check if yours allows this legally or not.


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

the kneeling fool wrote:
> I'm trying to move completely away from Linux and BSD looks 
> like a great option. I have tried a number of times to 
> install FreeBSD using  both DesktopBSD and PC-BSD and 
> although the install is successful, I was hoping as the 
> documentation states/implies to be able to play a dvd or 
> music cd 'out of the box'. I have not been able to do this 
> and after lots of messing around, reading the 'Handbook' I 
> am still frustrated by this. What I have found is a common 
> problem regardless of how FreeBSD is installed. I can load 
> a dvd and it will play for about 10 - 20 seconds normally 
> and then I get an error box telling me I do not have 
> correct rights or there is no disk in the drive.
> I can actually play a non-encrypted dvd (although not all 
> non-encrypted will play). Music using the same device is 
> also problematic. It will play a cd for roughly the same 
> amount of time and then just skip to the next track and 
> play that, sometimes the next track will not play at all 
> and so there is a skip to the next track after that and 
> might play for the aprox 20 seconds or so.
> IIRC (and I have done quite a few new BSD installs over this 
> time) PC-BSD does actually create the /dev/dvd /dev/cdrom 
> etc devices needed. I have had to manually create these in 
> DesktopBSD and try to change rw permissions.
> Sorry if this seems garbled, byt that is where my thinking 
> has ended up trying to sort this out. 
> Can anyone please help me get PC-BSD set up and providing 
> these services?

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