[24hoursupport] Re: DVD use

  • From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 14:40:03 -0700


Thanks, Ron. This is exactly the kind of stuff I am looking for. Right now,
my inclination is to skip DVD for PC use. Meanwhile, I'll learn what I can
about the new DVD technology with a view to trying it in some practical
way when the time is right.

But I'm still open to suggestions from those who have had positive DVD

Paul King

At 10:18 PM 10/11/02 -0500, you wrote:
>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.

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