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Old 05-08-2007, 01:35 AM
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Default HP to release hybrid drive in new desktops

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-971...?tag=cnetfd.mt

HP will be offering an HD DVD/Blu-Ray hybrid drive in its new Pavilion Media Center m8010y and the Pavilion d4890y desktops.



As usual, HD DVD writing isn't included as an option while Blu-Ray is (why?), and it can also write/read DVDs and CDs.

No word yet on price, though.
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Cool, but I want a HD-DVD/Blu Ray combo ROM only. I don't want to write to blu ray discs. I just want to read them.
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Cool, but I want a HD-DVD/Blu Ray combo ROM only. I don't want to write to blu ray discs. I just want to read them.
well you don't have to use the write feature with that drive
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I don't want to write to blu ray discs. I just want to read them.
I doubt you will find a PC drive that will do this ever. Part of the appeal of PC drives is the ability to write so that is what they sell. Try to find a CD drive out there that will not write these days.There may be some but not many.

BTW, I have had the HP drive for about a week now in a new PC that I got for my almost done home theater. I have the NVidia HDMI card and PowerDVD Ultra. I have played a couple titles in each format from Netflix and so far playback has been very smooth with output to my PJ set to 720. The CPU is loaded very lightly with this card - typically under 30% during playback. This is my bedroom PJ, I have a JVC RS1 1180p PJ due later this month for the permanent PJ.

I would post a link to theater pics but I just joined here and they won't let me post links yet.
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what's the cost on this. i should be ready to upgrade my PC next year, that's when this one will be two years old (though it is a dual core with 1.5gb of ram and a 300gb HDD)
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what's the cost on this
My PC was just over $1900, although you could configure it with a lesser
processor and such to get the cost down by maybe $250 or so and still have the combo drive. I think the drive added about $550 so was not cheap but still a lot cheaper than any other combo way to go at this point.

In my case, I needed a theater PC anyway and am doing an anamorphic setup.
Since the PJ does not do an anamorphic scale/stretch, I would have needed an external scaler which is as much as the PC by itself. This way I got the PC, both formats, and did not need to buy the scaler so it saved me a lot over the alternative!

Just finished watching "Children of Men" HD-DVD and it looked good. One brief pause (under a second). Probably just a layer change - Barb noted it but I must have missed it - it was that quick.

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Review: http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9727469-1.html
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Cool, but I want a HD-DVD/Blu Ray combo ROM only. I don't want to write to blu ray discs. I just want to read them.
I totally agree. "Just don't use the write function" is not a good option at this point in time, with drive prices so high. I think I read somewhere that when purchased separately, this particular drive is going to cost $1200 (twelve hundred bucks) !! A dozen freakin Benjamins! =)

A read only version could conceivably get down into the $400 range. Still a bit high, but there would be hope it could get down to below $200 in a few months. So where is the read-only drive?
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Just an update. I have seen a few freezes and pauses while watching HD content with the machine. Not many - some movies have none and the worst was "Breach" (HD-DVD) with maybe a half dozen total second or so long glitches. It does not seem to favor either format. Not sure at this point if it is the disk, the PC, the drive, the SW, or the video card .......

Update: It turns out that Firefox was not shutting down properly and was consuming 70% CPU. A known Firefox issue. The next Blu-Ray (Ghost Rider) I played (after insuring Firefox was totally shut down) did much better with almost no pauses. So we shall see if that was it but right now it seems so.

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As of today, the drive is a $760 add-on for the m8010y.

With just the BD/HD DVD drive, upgrading to the dual 2.4G processor, and going from 1G ram to 2G and the GeForce 8500GT (required for combo drive)= $2069.99

Not bad for a HTPC with dual format capabilites. By the time I'm ready to upgrade... this drive should ~$300-400.

*edit*: The combo drive is not 'available' on the d4890y... I can select an HD DVD drive, but there is no combo drive to select.
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