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I’m going to build a media pc.  Are they making Progressive scan DVD-Rom’s?  What do you think the best solution is to get the best quality DVD from a computer?  Also I’m looking for somewhat (Silent Hardware) as some DVD-Rom drives are kind of loud.  Not sure how this works, do some video cards have this build in for better DVD-Rom performance
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by:Callandor
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All dvd drives for computers are "progressive scan".  The difference between interlaced and progressive scan standalone players is the circuitry for outputting the video - most TVs are interlaced, so most players output interlaced video.  Your computer monitor is a non-interlaced device (I hope, because interlaced computer monitors are pretty old), and your video card is a non-interlaced device.  The dvd drive doesn't do any deinterlacing.  For better quality video, I advise using Radeon cards - the 9200 models are more than adequate, and the 9600 models are slightly better.  They all use 10-bit DACs for better shading resolution.

I don't know of a particularly quiet dvd drive, but if you mount it with rubber grommets, that should help.  Also, try a speed reduction program like Nero DriveSpeed to edit rotation speed.  You really only need 1x for movie plackback.
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Do you think the Radeon is better performance than the Geforce
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No WAY!  Are there plans to release it?
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Opps Ignor that last comment, wrong question
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Yes, I think the Radeons will give you a better picture quality, and so do a lot of people using them in the Home Theater Computer section of http://www.avsforum.com - lots of advanced information there.
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