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Software decode for DVD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Georgieboi, Feb 20, 2002.

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  1. Georgieboi

    Georgieboi Thread Starter

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    Hi

    Here is my situation. I want to install a Firewire IEEE1394 card so I can upload video from a digital camcorder in order to provide edit functionality. Problem is I have no more PCI slots available. So, I was thinking if I remove the decoder card for the DVD drive and install decoding s/w I would generate an open PCI slot for a Firewire card. I could play DVDs with s/w decoding instead of h/w decoding.

    Will this work? I have a Micron 550MHz box w/ 256MB ram 20 GB hd running Win 98SE.

    Thanks,
    George :)
     
  2. Borderfox

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    Can't see any problem in doing that my last pc was P3 500 with s/w decoding of dvd's and no problems with playback, Maybe something to think about if you are upgrading is the Soundblaster Audigy cards have a firewire port built in saving you taking out a card only if you are upgrading though!! :)
     
  3. captainbaldo

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    The newer DVD decoder programs work great, and a 550Mhz w/256 RAM should have no problem. The only problem that you MIGHT have is if your DVD drive is really old, but more than likely this wouldn't be a problem. I used PowerDVD on a 600Mhz and had ZERO problems.

    --Cap
     
  4. stanggt2

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    where can I get some dvd software decoder I got a bare drive with no software
     
  5. Georgieboi

    Georgieboi Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I downloaded a trial version of Win DVD and removed the hardware decoder card from my machine. I popped in a DVD and launched the Win DVD app and played the DVD. It performed flawlessly.

    So now I have an open PCI slot available for a Firewire port card. The only thing I need to consider is which makes more sense economically -- buy the Firewire card and Win DVD software or replace my SB Live sound card with the new Audigy card that includes a built-in Firewire port?

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    George :)

    BTW - type in dvd software decode in the keyword field in Google to find dvd decoding s/w.
     
  6. Borderfox

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    Probably be best to buy the firewire card and Windvd, if you get this I think some come bundled with video software, and if you get the soundblaster you got to get all software....:p
     
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