smplayer only plays DVD as root

I just installed openSUSE 11.1 and have everything configured. But using smplayer, I can only open a movie DVD when I’ve launched smplayer as root. When I launch smplayer as a regular user and then try to open the DVD from the drive, nothing happens.
There is probably a simple solution to this, but I haven’t figured it out yet, and a Google search didn’t provide answers.

Any ideas?


I couldn’t even play DVDs until I saw this thread, so thanks for the tip.

At first I couldn’t even get playback, but at least now I have a way to do this. Even still, it would be nice to be able to play as standard users.

Same here :frowning:

You need to install decode pack and put them into /usr/local/lib/win32 .

are you a member of the cdrom group? this has been an issue for other users.

what is the output of


as your normal user?


I wasn’t.
I add myself to the cdrom group but the issue still the same.

users dialout cdrom video

Maybe a hint on the issue, the directory in /media/<dvd> is mounted with unknown group while a cdrom and other media is mounted as root group…

It isn’t… on other distros is the same but works as expected :frowning:

Thanks for getting me on the right track. I opened a console as root, then ran the following command from /usr/lib/:

cp libdvd* /usr/lib/win32/

After rebooting, I could then play DVDs as standard user. Thanks for the help!