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How can you mod a PC DVD drive for portable use?

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I'd like to be able to take a PC DVD drive and add the minumum hardware needed to make it a portable DVD player.

So that it could be connected to a TV, for example.

Cost is a big factor. Thanks for any ideas!


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The PC type DVD drives just read the data stream.  There is no conversion of the DVD data into a video format that a monitor or TV can understand.  This conversion is done by either the CPU or the video card of the hosting computer.  So the minimum hardware you need to make a PC DVD player into something to become a portable player for a TV or screen is a laptop computer.

This is why a DVD player for your television is $150 and the one for the computer is $40.  The computer one lacks all the video output capability of the regular player.  The full size player has a video processor as well as just the data reading part of the drive.

If you know a good electronics engineer, you can cobble together something, but this is a major project and not just some parts you can buy ready-to-go.

In addition to a laptop, maybe you can put it in a Pentium-1 computer with a DVD decoding card inside because a Pentium-1 does not have enough power.  DVD decoder cards run about $50.
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For example, the DXR2 from Creative mailorders for $20 and is a DVD decoder for computers that do not have enough horsepower in the main CPU:
http://www.americas.creative.com/support/manuals/files/DXR2Decode.pdf

But there's no getting around needing a computer to run the computer DVD drive.
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