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Decoder Cards, Prehistoric?

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  1. WINME

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    Are decoder cards no longer needed with current DVD drives? Considering the CPU's and MoBo that are on the market today? :confused:
     
  2. brianF

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    With the newer video card capabilities, drive speeds, processors, decoders are not needed anymore. Got an old one sitting in a spare box here on the floor, no sense putting it in as I don't need it, dvd's play just great without it
     
  3. Deathblow

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    I was wondering the same thing. What determines the clarity of the DVD image? I know with my decoder card the clarity is excellent. However, my friend, who does not have a decoder card, has a noticeably degraded picture when viewing DVDs. This goes for multiple players and configurations?
     
  4. Deathblow

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    Wow, that's just too much info for me.
     
  5. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy folks...

    Deathblow...

    Actually I have both, haven't noticed any degradation in video quality between the two...

    However...with the one that has a software decoder, every once in a while it will skip, with the DXR3 decoder card it doesn't...
     
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    We are still very confused by my friends dvd clarity. Games, pictures, etc are all perfect on his screen, however, DVDs are not. We have tried numerous different players and settings but nothing we do seems to improve it. The only thing I can think of is since it's a LCD, perhaps the DVDs are being played in a lower resolution and something isn't properly scaling them for the full screen. On my LCD however, they are fine. My native resolution is 1280x1024, his is 1600x1200.
     
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