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Laptop with Region free DVD drive?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by ian_guinan, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. ian_guinan

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    Sorry if this is a bit lazy but does anyone have any recommendations for a laptop for occasional use as HCPC. Would ideally have p4, ATI graphics, SPDIF audio out, and most importantly a DVD drive with a region free solution...

    I've seen firmwares for some laptop drives listed at some of the usual sites, but this is difficult to relate to actual laptops.

    Any ideas anyone? (or best of all is anyone using an ideal laptop as a HTPC!)

    Thanks,
    Ian Guinan
     
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    Ian, look in the threads below for the one on the region free dvdidle.com software.

    this allows any laptop dvd drive to be region free even if RPC2 locked... i.e. very very handy.
    currently in beta, but working for a lot of people on the dvd firmware forums if you have a look.

    works fine for me on XP with WinDVD, though a couple of people here on these forums had no joy with beta1 (now upto 3).

    maybe the usual o/s, older software players + not clean builds?

    a clean one will be fine.

    it fits on a floppy (about 500k) so you could always try in a shop/ showroom if possible.
    failing that, have a look in Device Manager (on XP) under the cd/ dvd section,
    and it should show the OEM name/ model of the drive. you could
    ask for this info if buying online.

    anyway.. works fine for me on my P4 laptop (non-mobile chip version).

    ATI 16MB radeon gfx w/ TV out,
    optical out (dd/dts passthrough),
    DVD/CDRW (also available with just a DVD)

    its a generic asus chassis, so sold under various names &
    specs by dixons, pcworld, higrade, mesh and others if you look around.

    I think I saw PC World recently selling a version of it with a DVD drive P4 1.4GHz w/ 256MB for £899.

    I shall be testing with my Panny hopefully this Friday when it is due to arrive.

    no guessing why I'm not trying with a Denon 2800 yet.
     
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    Thanks Martin....sounds just the job.
    Thinking on it may have been something you said that put the seed of the idea in my head in the first place!

    Ian Guinan
     
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    yes, could be. think I mentioned the laptop spec to you on a PM.

    BTW, scratch some (but not all) of these names off the list.. Mesh seem to be doing a different model now with a shared memory gfx card - ie.. not a ATI. its the same case but not spec.

    if I see one, I'll post you the link.. look for one with a 16MB or 32MB ATI M6 or Radeon, and you should be close.

    the optical out may not be necessary if you can find a cheap laptop,
    there was a thread a few days ago about USB spdif devices..
    seem to be 1-2 that will do the job for £30-50.

    of interest also maybe, the dvdidle software (separate from the region free and more $$$) also caches ahead on the dvd playing -in theory the DVD drive only spins for 15-20 minutes on a standard 2 hour film.

    thats got to help in terms of fans not going off and overall noise.

    PJ arrives tomorrow, so will post some info then on the quality.
     

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