So I'm at Fry's just casually browsing and I see that all the 360 HD-DVD drives are new at $35. Now I wasn't planning on buying it because it's a dead format. But for $35 with a Media Center remote and with so many cheap HD-DVD movies out there, I thought what's $35? Great movies for cheap! Transformers new was $1.99! A ton of movies for less than $10.
I plug it into my Windows 7 64-bit RC1 and it works perfectly out of the box. Of course, I had to find PowerDVD 7.3 because I heard that's the last version to support HD-DVD.
Now, I'm ripping them to the PC and encoding them to MKV so that I don't have to worry about the HD-DVD drive dying or the discs not working.
My question is, how do I know what resolution the movie is playing at? I set my monitor to 1920x1440. But I thought for HD-DVD and BluRay to work on a PC, you needed to be HDCP all the way, but I have VGA monitors, so I was crossing my fingers that it would work. I have an ATI 4670 card.
Why is it working with VGA and is it downconverting the resolution? It looks so sharp so I'm pretty sure it can't be 480P.
It's so sad the format had to die because the movies are truly beautiful.