I solved my DVD issues.
I thought I would post how I did it here for others who might find
themselves in the same boat.
I have knoppix 3.2 (4/15/03 build ) on my machine. I downloaded,
compiled and installed the latest greatest xine, libdvdcss.
Some encypted DVDS were taking 50min to decrypt and play.
At first I thought xine was jammed and could not play them until I
absent mindedly left xine running while I made dinner and "heard
noises" from my computer.
I learned that I had to "set the region" of my dvd player.
A region is a spot on the dvd where the dvd player has to go to find
decryption and information to play the dvd.
Different countries/dvds have their playback information on different
This is done to prevent some people from watching dvds from some
( I am not an expert ).
Anyway, if you dvd does not have its region set, it attacks playback
by brute force.......with mondo decryption sessions.
To fix it, you need to get a region setting tool for gnu/linux.
This problem is mentioned in the xine faq:
The concept of regions are explained briefly in the xine howto:
There is a xine irc channel at:
There is an email list for xine users, the people there are very
patient and newbie friendly. If you don't know or haven't thought
something they will help you instead of giving you an ROTFM or a