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    DVD drive recomendations
    By dred010 May 30, 2001, 08:11 AM

    I'm looking to add a DVD drive to my system. I was thinking of a 12X or 16X and was wondering what brands people have that they would recommend. Also what is the advantage of 16X over 12X? I was just going to use software decoding but if HW decoding is a lot better let me know. If anyone has suggestions on which DVD software is best that would be great too!


    system specs:
    AMD 1.3Ghz 266FSB
    Iwill KA-266R mobo
    256MB PC2100 RAM
    Leadtek winfast GF2 GTS/PRO 64MB
    Plextor 16/10/32 CD-RW
    30.7Gb WD HDD

    By The Dude May 30, 2001, 08:26 AM

    With your system specs you shouldn't have any trouble using software decoding.

    I've got basically the same setup as you, but with the 200 MHz FSB. I haven't had any trouble with my Pioneer DVD-115 at fullscreen using the supplied software.


    By yowolabi May 30, 2001, 01:59 PM

    Pioneer came out with the DVD 116 which is a lot like the 115 except it fixes a problem that that line has and runs a little faster. Personally I love the slot loading version of the DVD 116 which is the Pioneer DVD 106s.

    By Positron May 30, 2001, 02:54 PM

    Yes, I fully recommend you the Pioneer 106S drive. My system has the 105S version, and it works flawlessly. It is fast in both CD-ROM and DVD-ROM operations..

    By bigdog77s May 30, 2001, 03:17 PM

    i love my 106s

    By Nick Yorke May 30, 2001, 04:28 PM

    The Geforce2 card you have should be able to hardware decode shouldn't it? If so use that instead of software.

    By DaRkPhAnToM May 30, 2001, 04:32 PM

    you also asked which dvd software is best for playing movies. no one answered that so let me answer it. PowerDVD by far is the best dvd movie playback software for the pc! get it now

    Hope that helped,


    By spymonkey May 30, 2001, 05:13 PM

    The only problem I had w/ my Pioneer 106s is that my comp freezed when I installed programs from it. However, I disabled DMA, and it works now.

    By BloodRed May 30, 2001, 05:21 PM

    I've got a 16x Pioneer drive, can't complain about it. I don't know what model number it is though.... the price was right so I kinda grabbed it in a hurry

    By muisejt May 30, 2001, 05:48 PM

    I have a AOpen 12X that came with a copy of PowerDVD and I have had no problems with it at all, so I would recommend it to anyone (somebody has to say something other than Pioneer, can't have any monopolies heres )

    By kenrippy May 30, 2001, 06:08 PM

    I'll add my 2 bits...I have a Toshiba SM1502 (16x48x) and use WinDVD and love them both. I have to say I don't watch too many movies on it though.

    By bluesfusion May 31, 2001, 12:44 AM

    What about Afreey 12X/40X? I saw good reviews of it and it has great DAE. The Afreey reviews also said that the heat and noise from the Afreey was a LOT less than other drives. Anyone use these? They are also about $10 cheaper than the Pioneers.

    By JDenis_007 May 31, 2001, 02:23 AM

    Don't buy a Samsung drive. I have a SD-606 and it can't even read half of the movies I own. I have no idea why it does that, but I tried it in multiple PC and it always does the same thing
    A RealMagic Hollywood Plus card is nice though

    By dred010 May 31, 2001, 05:35 AM

    Thanks everyone for the replies....You all rock! Looks like the Pioneer is leading the way and I was looking at it to start with too.


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