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I tend to buy high end products.  I want to add a DVD internal player to my system, most likely SCSI, but could be IDE.  I'm not too excited about having my video card play through the DVD card.

Do all DVD's have to have your video card play through the DVD card?

Is there any impact to my video performance if I have to run it through the DVD card?

What brand and model of DVD is the best to get?

Thanks

Tom
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I have not seen a SCSI DVD drive (yet) and I'm sure that if one does exist the price is astronomical.  However, the Creative Labs DXR2 is one of the best available.

It is the one I chose after doing some considerable research on the subject and I have not regretted the decision.

No you do not *Need* the DVD Decoder card, software can do the same thing.  It's just slower and the playback doesn't look nearly as good and you loose the ability to connect an external television to your DVD player.

There is no performance hit by plugging in the Video card into the DVD card, and the DVD card gives you the S-Video out and a standard composite video out (RCA Jack).  The output to my TV is perfect, and I have the audio outputs to my AC3 receiver/amplifier giving me surround sound.

I would say go with the Creative Labs DXR2 kit, It is one awesome package and the price is right too!

Joel R. Helgeson
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Joel

Thanks for your reply.  One question before I issue the points.  Did you replace your normal CD-ROM with the DVD unit?  Any issues?

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Tom
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Yes I did replace my regular CD-Rom drive with a DVD Drive.  Then I bought a new case that would accomodate both drives.  No issues.

The only "trick" to installing the DVD drive is you need to follow the software installation steps as given or else you'll have trouble getting it to work.

Those steps are:
1) Install the drivers off the floppy disk.
2) Install the software from the CD-Rom.

That's it.  Pretty simple!
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Joel,

There are several DVD SCSI's out there, and they are within $50 of the IDE.

Tom
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Are they Creative labs?
Do you already have SCSI in your system?
If so, what kind of SCSI card do you have?
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Joel,

I have several system with SCSI in them.  I use Adaptec ultra scsi cards, 4940 and 8945.  I have had excellent results with all my Adaptec cards.  I run SCSI CD-Writable CD-ROMS by HP with the scsi cards and Adaptec EZCD software.

Does the Creative DVD have a 1394 output?  This would be a rectangular connector to output digital signals directly.

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Tom
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Yes it does have the digi-output.  If you already have SCSI in your system and you're obviously already with SCSI technology then by all means GO SCSI!  (I love it too).

I just didn't know if Creative had a SCSI model of their drive.  You do not need to use their drive, in fact I think that any SCSI DVD drive will do just fine, however you'll want to get the Creative decoder board for optimal playback.  The board comes with all necessary playback software.

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