Adding HD DVD to laptop, possible?

Johnmcl7

Distinguished Member
Hey folks, I've picked up an XPS M1710 to replace an ageing XPS 2 but can't help but feel I'm investing in old technology. I've been tempted by the Toshiba X200 for its HD DVD drive but not keen on the rest of the machine, what I'm hoping for is to be able to add HD DVD to the XPS M1710.

So far I'm not having my luck though, I can't even find the drives for sale. What gives me some hope is that Rock added HD DVD to their Xtreme 770 (Clevo M575RU) which doesn't seem to have any form of HDCP.

Any thoughts appreciated, I realise there's the 360 drive (which I do have) but it's clumsy for a laptop.

John
 

SeanT

Distinguished Member
P.S. my Dell Inspiron 9400 plays HDDVD ripped to it's HDD without AnyDVD HD running - I think anything with a modern graphics card and integral screen bypasses HDCP for it's built in screen
 

jaymz

Active Member
HDCP is not needed for a laptops integrated screen HDCP is used to stop a direct digital copy of the data stream so would only be needed if you connected the lapto pto an external screen via DVI/HDMI. HDCP is not used on analogue VGA connections.

The xbox 360 HD-dvd drive is a Toshiba and IIRC a laptop drive anyway, connecting via mini-ATAP, so you could remvoe from the case and install it in your laptop.

I recal seeing some articles on the web of how to remvoe from the case but can not remember where!
 

Johnmcl7

Distinguished Member
HDCP is not needed for a laptops integrated screen HDCP is used to stop a direct digital copy of the data stream so would only be needed if you connected the lapto pto an external screen via DVI/HDMI. HDCP is not used on analogue VGA connections.

The xbox 360 HD-dvd drive is a Toshiba and IIRC a laptop drive anyway, connecting via mini-ATAP, so you could remvoe from the case and install it in your laptop.

I recal seeing some articles on the web of how to remvoe from the case but can not remember where!

It's a 5.25 inch drive, it would fit in a desktop but not a laptop sadly.

John
 

borland

Member
Hey folks, I've picked up an XPS M1710 to replace an ageing XPS 2 but can't help but feel I'm investing in old technology. I've been tempted by the Toshiba X200 for its HD DVD drive but not keen on the rest of the machine, what I'm hoping for is to be able to add HD DVD to the XPS M1710.

So far I'm not having my luck though, I can't even find the drives for sale. What gives me some hope is that Rock added HD DVD to their Xtreme 770 (Clevo M575RU) which doesn't seem to have any form of HDCP.

Any thoughts appreciated, I realise there's the 360 drive (which I do have) but it's clumsy for a laptop.

John

I've just replaced my DL DVD-ROM re-writer with HD-DVD Toshiba drive on my Acer-5920 laptop. Works fine but sometimes have problems with DVD playback software and Nvidia driver
 

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