Hello Paul, >I just found "DVD Demystified" at my library"s website and put it on >hold. This >volume will tell me much more than I need to know. > >I would still appreciate any personal experience with this new technology, >no >matter how brief, to help me understand how you folks are using it. It's an unusual situation for me to be suggesting that any computer= technology may not be at least somewhat useful, but that's where I'm at= tonight with your question. I went out of my way to get a DVD player when I built my latest PC about a= year ago. I played a movie for about 10 minutes once, marveled at the= sharpness and clarity of the picture and the crispness of the sound= through the digital sound card and speaker system I have... and have since= used it entirely as a normal CD-ROM drive. I also find that it is much= more appropriate and comfortable to watch DVD movies on a more traditional= DVD player connected to my TV set. When I bought the DVD-ROM drive, it was with the expectation that many new= software titles would be coming out on DVD media. This was the talk at the= time I bought my DVD drive, and I fell for it. Although there are a few= software titles you can buy on DVD, the format has simply not taken off as= expected. At least, not yet. If and when that ever does happen, look for= DVD drives to essentially replace CD-ROM. But for now, unless there is a= specific need or desire to watch DVD movies on the computer, I'd save the= extra few bucks and just get a CD-ROM drive. The 48X you referred to in your previous message is the speed of the drive.= For movie playback, this is essentially meaningless because all movie DVDs= are played at the same speed, which is, I believe, 1X or the base speed.= Anything faster is wasted on DVD movies. With DVD software, the speed= becomes a critical factor as the drive must be fast enough to load data= into the computer without causing annoying pauses or taking too long to= load large data files. The same is true of CD-ROM drives, at least up to= the point where the drive is faster than the bus it is connected to, but= with CD-ROM drives there is more justification for getting a faster drive= because it makes software loading smoother. Hope this helps. Ron - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.