I recommend ASUS 8x DVD-ROM!

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I bought a new DVD-ROM/CD-ROM yesterday made by Asus(AsusTech) 8x. For anyone whose interested I found so far that it will:

- play multiregion DVD (but you need multiregion SW player) - DeCSS can rip the DVD vob tracks no problem - play VCDs, both original and CD-R - reads CD-RW Multiread format (where CD-RW behaves like a floppy with a burner) - Digital audio extraction works fine from an Audio-CD - has a working SPDIF (stereo) digital audio output for my sound card

So, if you're shopping a round for a new E-IDE ROM drive, I think that this is excellent. I heard there may be a new version coming from the store, maybe a SCSI version.

-- Guy Nicholson (guynicholson@yahoo.com), February 26, 2000


Guy all you need to do now is hook it up to the RealMagic Hollywood Pro Mpeg decoder card and your really in business.

-- Ross McL (rmclennan@esc.net.au), February 27, 2000.

I've just bought the RealMagic Pro decoder card and it works better than any software decoder I've used - it also reads some VCDs that software players had trouble with such as The Police music video.

The decoder card does affect the quality slightly of the Windows image - there is a little less definition and some effects especially on black text. This would not matter, but as I work with still images I may find it a problem later. In any case - good advice Ross, thanks.

-- Guy Nicholson (guynicholson@yahoo.com), February 28, 2000.

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