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Playing DvDs on my pc

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by Neill, Sep 2, 2002.

  1. Neill

    Neill Member

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    hi, i wanna play dvds on my pc but haven't got a dvd drive yet, can some plz tell me how to do this plz
     
  2. sokristi

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    Go to your local store(or check an on-line store on the 'net) and purchase a DVD reader/player. Many of them are delivered with the software (PowerDVD or WinDVD) you'll need to play DVD's on your computer (And you do need both the hardware and the software:)
     
  3. Neill

    Neill Member

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    But cant you just get a decoder of some sort to play dvd's through you cd-rom.
     
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    To play DVD's on your PC you MUST have the hardware, a DVD-ROM. Most of them come with the software player included and cost under $100. So what's keeping ya! Come into the 21 century!!! ;-)
     
  6. GotNissan

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    I just got my 16x DVD-rom for 50 bucks, i seen them for 40 bucks to. Just don't take your girl out on a friday night and your all set
     
  7. DOT

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    But don't let her know, that fridays home session was for buying a stupid drive for the boring pc.

    Your computer will be able to play the dvd, but when she knows it, you will no langer be able to play the dvd on your computer.
     
  8. Marzman

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    Something very important to remember when upgrading your computer with a DVD drive is that you need a good video card. Once you buy your DVD-ROM drive and get a program to play the disc, it won't mean jack if your computer has cruddy video. Contrary to what I thought, the drive itself doesn't have any hardware decoding abilities. I have a 16x drive and PowerDVD. I also have a crummy 4mb ATI Rage IIc video card. The only hardware ability the DVD program can take advantage of on my pc is MMX enhancement. So while I can watch the videos, they are jumpy (especially when the camera pans across a large scene and when there is a lot of sound information) and not as enjoyable as renting a VHS from the video store. DVD audio is also encoded with a higher sampling rate than most other sound. This does sound better, especially on surround sound systems, but takes more processing power. So if your computer has strong video and about a 450 or 500mhz processor, you should be fine with just your drive and program. But if you have a weaker computer, with weak video like me, you need to buy a strong video card, preferably one that says it gives high quality dvd playback. This shouldn't set you back more than about 50 bucks, even less if you go online. The card will put the DVD (MPEG-2) decoding onto the hardware's responsibility, which is no problem for it. It leaves the main cpu able to handle the sound requirements and other tasts. If you're buying a video card anyway, look for one with a TV-Out jack, then you can watch DVD on the tv as well. The girlfriend might be a little more eager to stay home and watch Russell Crowe fight barbarians on the big screen dvd and not care that you spent her dinner and flower money on the computer stuff. :)
     
  9. Deznaj

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    Yup, the videocard is also an important issue. When I upgraded to a DVD-rom the movies didn't run right. But instead of buying a new videocard I bought a Creative DXR3 card. With this card the movies ran really smooth. I don't know the current price of these things, but if you don't want to change your videocard then this could be an option...
     

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