Toshiba laptops are crap. (So are sony's).
Note that ALL of the reviews on amazon that pertain to the hd-dvd functionality on the G30 mentioned some sort of problem. Also note that there were only 8 reviews total. IF
this is representative of the functionality of the hd-dvd drives on laptops/pcs, it's not exactly something I'd be bragging about. This goes for ANY media, whether it be dvd, hd-dvd, or blu-ray.
I purchased a av-650 in October. I had problems out of the box. HD DVD did not play. Lots of system errors. Many hours spent on the phone and reinstalling system did not seem to help. Though there support team is friendly they were not much help. I finally found a level 3 person that did know what he was talking about. They sent a "tech" out to reinstall the HD drive. Did not work. Sent it to the depot. They said send softwear that I use and they will install it one by one to see if there is a conflict. Had UPS pack my orig. box and softwear. They lost everything. Got the system back, still not working. Sent it again. Came back running way worse. Tons of error message, crashes cannot open any programs. So far I am stuck with this usless piece of junk. They said customer service will contact me, never did. I will have to file a lawsuit to recover from this mess. Whatever you do dont buy any toshiba products, they will not stand behind them. They settled a $20 million class action lawsuit for knowing selling defective junk. There are many other actions pending.
STAY AWAY FROM TOSHIBA QOSMIO AND ALL TOSHIBA PRODUCTS
The second glitch is that while there is a HD DVD drive, and while it does work, the software HD WinDVD player could not play "V for Vendetta." However, this is a software problem, not a hardware problem: the visual display was garbled.
4. HDDVD drive. This is still a work in progress. It sort of works, but requires updating drivers and applications. Check out the AVS Forum thread on the Qosmio for the latest instructions.
I also have some major gripes with the HD DVD features. For one, it's only readable. Unlike the AR190, you cannot directly burn onto the large capacity discs. Also, there are some hiccups in the viewing. And the software that runs some of its other features are pretty bad.