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    360 HD DVD Drive on PC/Laptop?

    Hi

    I've read this a few times on the matrix threads, saying that you can connect a 360 HD DVD drive on a PC.

    How?

    Thanks

    24 Comments

    Original Poster

    O thanks! Didn't think off google, as I'm pretty sure I asked this 3/4months ago, but got the conclusive answer of no!

    Thanks repped

    Original Poster

    Any one actually done this? WOuld like to try this, but not sure of laptop specs can handle it?

    WOuld like to compare specs if possible if anyone currently does this...

    What laptop do you have? I was trying it on an XPS 2, performance seemed fine but the software was problematic - planning to try it again on an M1710.

    John

    Original Poster

    I have an X20
    1.6 centrino
    1.5gig ram.

    Its no XPS! Im guessing it won't be able to cope?

    Hmm, not sure about that - have you tried downloading any 720p samples to see if you can run them? My brother has been mainly messing about the HD DVD drive, his laptop is a similar spec to yours I'll see if he tried the drive on it.

    John

    Original Poster

    Cheers John, appreciated.

    I have tried some 720p samples, some are OK, some are unbearable, but I thought it would take some workload off the machine of an external HD DVD drive?

    If it can handle HD WMV, then it should definitely be able to play HDDVD.

    I've heard bad things about this drive from some people I know though, apparently the quality is really blocky, I have a PS3 otherwise I probably would have bought one of these drives myself, but apparently its nowhere near the PS3's Bluray.

    Spark

    If it can handle HD WMV, then it should definitely be able to play … If it can handle HD WMV, then it should definitely be able to play HDDVD.I've heard bad things about this drive from some people I know though, apparently the quality is really blocky, I have a PS3 otherwise I probably would have bought one of these drives myself, but apparently its nowhere near the PS3's Bluray.



    Looks fine to me.

    I got "blocky" video occasionally while playing tv through a tv card, on an older spec PC. Perhaps your friends need an upgrade

    Deal4Me

    Cheers John, appreciated.I have tried some 720p samples, some are OK, … Cheers John, appreciated.I have tried some 720p samples, some are OK, some are unbearable, but I thought it would take some workload off the machine of an external HD DVD drive?



    Unfortunately not, the HD DVD drive is purely that - it does no processing at all, just allows the PC/xbox to read the data from the disc. Running the USB HD DVD drive is actually more work for your PC as the USB connection uses cpu overhead.

    John

    Spark

    If it can handle HD WMV, then it should definitely be able to play … If it can handle HD WMV, then it should definitely be able to play HDDVD.I've heard bad things about this drive from some people I know though, apparently the quality is really blocky, I have a PS3 otherwise I probably would have bought one of these drives myself, but apparently its nowhere near the PS3's Bluray.



    Are you meaning through the PC or 360? I've seen no such problems through either system.

    John

    ThePennyPincher

    Looks fine to me.I got "blocky" video occasionally while playing tv … Looks fine to me.I got "blocky" video occasionally while playing tv through a tv card, on an older spec PC. Perhaps your friends need an upgrade



    This was on a 360, his computer is one of the latest Mac Books but obviously it doesn't work with that.

    I don't know what connection they're using, I've used the HD DVD drive extensively over component and hdmi with a 32 inch 720p TV and always found it to look superb.

    John

    Original Poster

    Thanks, going to download a 720p sample from microsoft to see if its ok

    Maybe you're right, my TV is 1080i, but his is only 720p.

    I wouldn't mind getting that drive at some point really as the movies are all region free and you can get them at some really good prices.

    I have one through the Xbox & it is fantastic, it even upscales SDDVD's !

    I'm not sure why, but the sound is even crisper than a normal DVD player....

    The region free aspect is probably the biggest appeal to me for HD DVD - while there were ways around region coding for standard DVD it's great being able to buy an HD DVD from wherever I want and know it will work fine.

    John

    ChrisUK

    I have one through the Xbox & it is fantastic, it even upscales SDDVD's !



    The console always does that anyway, I love the 360's DVD Player.

    Original Poster

    Hmmm whats the best settings for quality picture output?

    Resolution of the secondary monitor? (HD TV) Better to go into properties and have the highest res?

    Which playback software? VLC? PowerDVD? etc

    Cheers for response so far

    Original Poster

    Anyone?

    I think VLC is the best, and choose a res that is as close to the native source

    Original Poster

    Thats what Id usually use, but not wasn't sure whether it can handle HD content as well as others like PowerDVD 7? Or something like it?

    Power DVD 5.5 supports HDDVD
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