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post #1381 of 1933
would you guys choose a 8600gt or an 8800gt for an htpc if price was not a factor?
post #1382 of 1933
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Originally Posted by alkiax View Post

would you guys choose a 8600gt or an 8800gt for an htpc if price was not a factor?

The guys would choose the 8600 if they did not want to upgrade their power supply, care about heat and noise, and do not care about games.

Care about games, get the 8800.

- Rich
post #1383 of 1933
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Originally Posted by rdewey View Post

I disconnected my fan as well, but remember, you don't need a fan for a DVD-ROM drive; the fan exists in this enclosure only because this unit is compatible with SATA hard drives as well.

I've been using my GGW in the enclosure with no fan connected and it is working FLAWLESSLY for all read and write operations via USB 2.0. I gave up trying to get the eSATA connector to work reliably.

Those were my thoughts as well regarding the necessity of the fan, but it does seem that Addonics themselves leaves the fan connected in their pre-assembled Zebra + GGC drive as noted in this ExtremeTech review.

At any rate, all read/write operations I've attempted worked without hitches through the USB 2.0 connection of the Zebra enclosure. I have not tried the eSATA connection, since I currently have no eSATA ports on my computer.
post #1384 of 1933
u sure about that? i've never once gotten the mouse to click on menu items on any of my 30+ HD DVD's... whereas all of my Blu-Rays work with mouse clicking directly on the menu.

i have to press and hold the left button down and move the mouse left right up and down to navigate the the HD DVDs menus, so i typically just use the keyb's arrow buttons.

it's ctrl+p on Blu-Ray BTW for menus to popup.

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Originally Posted by vladd View Post

Mouse clicking works for me on HD DVDs, it does not however on BluRays. I can only use the keyboard with them.
post #1385 of 1933
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Originally Posted by JediFonger View Post

u sure about that? i've never once gotten the mouse to click on menu items on any of my 30+ HD DVD's... whereas all of my Blu-Rays work with mouse clicking directly on the menu.

i have to press and hold the left button down and move the mouse left right up and down to navigate the the HD DVDs menus, so i typically just use the keyb's arrow buttons.

it's ctrl+p on Blu-Ray BTW for menus to popup.

Mouse works for all my HD DVD's (120) , rem u have to activate it in the HD DVD options. With BD (30) it really depends on how they authored it. some work and some dont.
post #1386 of 1933
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Originally Posted by alkiax View Post

would you guys choose a 8600gt or an 8800gt for an htpc if price was not a factor?

I would go 3850 for VC-1 acceleration.
post #1387 of 1933
can anyone tell me if this drive upconverts regular movies or dvds like the set top boxes, toshiba a30 or any of the regular players that you just hook up to a tv.
thanks
post #1388 of 1933
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Originally Posted by spwerlin View Post

can anyone tell me if this drive upconverts regular movies or dvds like the set top boxes, toshiba a30 or any of the regular players that you just hook up to a tv.
thanks

I think that is more a function of the software you use to playback the video.
post #1389 of 1933
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Originally Posted by JediFonger View Post

u sure about that? i've never once gotten the mouse to click on menu items on any of my 30+ HD DVD's... whereas all of my Blu-Rays work with mouse clicking directly on the menu.

i have to press and hold the left button down and move the mouse left right up and down to navigate the the HD DVDs menus, so i typically just use the keyb's arrow buttons.

it's ctrl+p on Blu-Ray BTW for menus to popup.

Quite sure! As Tinker said, you have to enable it in the Config settings. As for BD, some may have worked with the mouse but none of the first 5 or so that I tried did, so I just got used to using the keyboard whenever I put a BD disk in.
post #1390 of 1933
Your video card converts everything to whatever resolution you choose.

P
post #1391 of 1933
What will happen with the combo drives from LG? I really hope they continue supporting the dual-format for those of us that have invested in such. Otherwise, it looks like I'll be spending more money to get a couple of spare drives in case mine dies. Thoughts?
post #1392 of 1933
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Originally Posted by chillspace View Post

What will happen with the combo drives from LG? I really hope they continue supporting the dual-format for those of us that have invested in such. Otherwise, it looks like I'll be spending more money to get a couple of spare drives in case mine dies. Thoughts?

I still have two 360 addons and the LG combo so I am set for HD DVD readers for a while. As far as BD goes since they seem to have won , drives will be available so no worries. Anyway the BluRay readers should be coming down in price by the time (if) the LG dies...the LG combo already have drop in price. But if you are really worry about HD DVD part, prob get great deals on the 360 addon soon. The combo drives will prob disappear and become just another footnote in the HDM war.


But I dont really use the drives for movie playback, but as readers to rip the movies to my media servers. So I will wait for an affordable BD writer (and cheaper BD media).
post #1393 of 1933
This may have been stated, but has anyone seen the new price over at New Egg? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136133
post #1394 of 1933
Currently OOS @ Newegg (luckily mine's due to arrive today).
post #1395 of 1933
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Originally Posted by ubik View Post

At any rate, all read/write operations I've attempted worked without hitches through the USB 2.0 connection of the Zebra enclosure.

Does that include BD-R as well? I figure USB would be fine for CD/DVD burning, but I believe I will be getting a near identical setup to the one you have (machine and all), and I'm curious about the bandwidth demands required for BD-R burning and if the USB 2.0 connection will cut it.

Thanks in advance.
post #1396 of 1933
A word of warning to anyone with a Silverstone LC17 case. I have read that the drive fits for most, but this is an example of a potential issue:

I have this case with a Arctic Freezer 64 Pro CPU cooler on a Biostar TF570 board (AM2). My previous optical drive was an regular LG DVD and I was a bit worried about clearance with the new Blu-ray/HDDVD drive as it is a bit longer. To get this drive to fit, I had to manhandle (!) the CPU cooler's fan and slide the optical drive case into place. I actually cracked one of the plastic pieces on the fan. I don't think I could've seated the CPU cooler if I would have taken it off then installed the optical drive... there is NO clearance... the cables are just about rubbing the fan itself. The fan on the freezer 64 is "floating" so it can be manipulated somewhat. That is what saved me.

In any event, if you have this combination of hardware, please be extra careful and aware that this is an extremely tight fit.

The drive itself works as expected, and a Blu-ray disc loads and plays fine. The included software is crappy though. Come on Theatertek!!!! Support HD formats!

Darren
post #1397 of 1933
Does anyone know if all the releases indicating that LG will continue to support HD-DVD apply to our pc drives?

eg - engadgethd
post #1398 of 1933
post #1399 of 1933
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Originally Posted by leftheaded View Post

Does anyone know if all the releases indicating that LG will continue to support HD-DVD apply to our pc drives?

eg - engadgethd

I would think so. From now on there won't be very many HD DVD movies released. Since the spec is final I think it would just be up to Cyberlink to keep things running smoothly on the HD DVD side and updating the software for blu ray.
post #1400 of 1933
Well, because I'm investing in the firesale of HDDVD movies now happening, I have to make sure that I have a backup LG drive in case my old one dies on me for some reason...bit the bullet and picked up a second drive. I think I'll be good to go for long while now
post #1401 of 1933
Okay, I have a problem that I suspect is unique in the universe....I just installed my spiffy new LG combo drive. But every time I go to a website, the drive automatically ejects. When I go to the next website, it automatically goes back in. And that cycle continues forever. Anyone ever experience this, heard of this, dream of this?
post #1402 of 1933
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Originally Posted by Emissary View Post

Anyone ever experience this, heard of this, dream of this?

I can honestly answer "no" to all three of those questions. I can't think of a single piece of advice to give you, sorry, but I would love to know if you find out what is causing it.
post #1403 of 1933
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Originally Posted by Emissary View Post

Okay, I have a problem that I suspect is unique in the universe....I just installed my spiffy new LG combo drive. But every time I go to a website, the drive automatically ejects. When I go to the next website, it automatically goes back in. And that cycle continues forever. Anyone ever experience this, heard of this, dream of this?

Man, I have no idea. Have you tried connecting to a different SATA port? Make sure you have the latest firmware which I believe is 1.02. Ghost in the machine, my friend.
post #1404 of 1933
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Originally Posted by Emissary View Post

Okay, I have a problem that I suspect is unique in the universe....I just installed my spiffy new LG combo drive. But every time I go to a website, the drive automatically ejects. When I go to the next website, it automatically goes back in. And that cycle continues forever. Anyone ever experience this, heard of this, dream of this?

I can only think of one thing to check. Go to Folder Options > File Types, and take a look at the URL file type. Double check that it opens with IE, Firefox, or whatever browser you use. Also, click on Advanced and make sure that none of the actions are doing anything that would affect the LG drive.

-Dave
post #1405 of 1933
Might want to do a spyware/adware/virus scan too... I seem to remember a virus a long time ago that didn't do much besides open the CDROM tray.
post #1406 of 1933
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Originally Posted by vladd View Post

I can honestly answer "no" to all three of those questions. I can't think of a single piece of advice to give you, sorry, but I would love to know if you find out what is causing it.

Well after going through ever single startup program in msconfig, I found two that caused problems: vptray (Symantec Antivirus taskbar icon) and DLLML (Creative Soundblaster something or other). Don't know why an icon (it's not even the antivirus program, simply the icon) or a Creative program that runs regardless of whether enabled in msconfig or not would cause the drive to incessantly read from the disc and automatically eject the drive, but that was where the problem came from. With both disabled, it's all peaches and cream.
post #1407 of 1933
post #1408 of 1933
Hi,

I'm running PDVD v. 3516b and just installed the LG combo drive on my HTPC. When I play HD or BD titles the movies runs fine for about 10-15 mins with CPU usage ~ 60-65%, then the picture freezes and locks up my computer. I then have to reboot. When I play standard def DVD's, there is no problem with CPU usage ~ 15%. I'm using an Nvidia 8600 GTS 512K card, Pentium 4 3.2 GB 533 MHz , XP with HA engaged. Nothing else running in the background.

Any suggestions?
post #1409 of 1933
I just built a Vista Ultimate HTPC. I installed the LG drive and its software. My TV is a Sony SXRD KDS-50A2000 and the video card is an ATI 3450 (needed a cheapy for the time being). I have the TV connected via component cables. AnyDVDHD is installed and running.

The PC feeds through fine but when I start a movie (Sneakers HD-DVD), I hear sound but the powerdvd window is black. Not even the menu/lead in shows up. I realize I should have tried more than one HD-DVD (I don't have any Bluray discs) but I'm at work now and can't troubleshoot that.

Is this an HDCP issue or a PowerDVD issue? Do I need to buy the UltraHD upgrade? I also installed a codec pack to play back avi's which may play a part in this.

Also, sound-wise, I am using on board sound because it had a digital coax out while my old Soundblaster Audigy2zs did not. Do you recommend connecting the spdif from the drive to the onboard sound connection or just let it run through the motherboard?

Your help is appreciated.
post #1410 of 1933
I would guess it's not HDCP related as you are using an analogue connection. I only get a warning message when using a digital connection on a non-HDCP panel.
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