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Old 05-31-2007, 04:27 AM
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Default Can I use the Xbox 360 HD DVD player on PC ?

Sorry if this is a stupid question - but can I use the 360 HD DVD player on my PC connected via USB ?

And if so, do I need any special drivers or software for playback ?

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Old 05-31-2007, 05:41 AM
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Yes and yes.

Just do a google search for "360 hd dvd driver" and you should come up with it somewhere in the results.

And to watch the movies in full HD you'll need an HDCP-compliant video card (I think) and software compatible with HD DVD (such as Cyberlink PowerDVD HD).

For some more info click here.

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:22 PM
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Sorry if this is a stupid question - but can I use the 360 HD DVD player on my PC connected via USB ?

And if so, do I need any special drivers or software for playback ?

Thanks
Yes, you can use it to view HD DVDs on Windows XP or Vista x86 and Vista x64. You will need PowerDVD Ultra however. Plug the drive in, run Windows Update, install any updates available. Install PowerDVD Ultra. Reboot. Enjoy the show.

You'll need to make sure that you have a fairly strong PC however (dual core CPU) and a good video card (nVidia 8500 and 8600 cards are the best right now, as will be the ATI X2600 once it becomes available in a few weeks). Your video card will need at least 256MB and be HDCP compliant if you connect via DVI/HDMI. Otherwise, VGA or component will be your only option.

I have mine running well under Vista Home Premium x64 (E6600, ATI X1950Pro). T'is the Look and Sound of Perfect.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:15 PM
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You don't need to have a super video card. I use my 360 addon with my HTPC and the result is much better than what the 360 can deliver. And you can get TrueHD and DTS-HD, which you can't with the 360....

I use MSI NX7300GS-MD256EH and a dual core 2 processor. Just remember to install anyDVD and PowerDVD ULTRA 7.3.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:41 AM
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Hmm. I'm not sure about HDCP. I have a Sapphire Radeon X1650 Pro, 2GB of RAM and a Pentium D 930. Would this setup work ?

By the way, I'm running Vista Home Premium 32 bit/
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:27 AM
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HDCP dosn't matter if you install anyDVD, since it bypass it. And i believe your setup will work.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:16 AM
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Thanks for your help everyone.
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:13 AM
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Default Firmware upgrades without the 360 machine...?

Yea question for you guys...my dad and I are thinking of getting an add on for our PC to be used for watching movies. I do not own a 360 so is there a problem getting the firmware updates for it through the internet?
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:21 PM
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You don't need to have a super video card. I use my 360 addon with my HTPC and the result is much better than what the 360 can deliver. And you can get TrueHD and DTS-HD, which you can't with the 360....

I use MSI NX7300GS-MD256EH and a dual core 2 processor. Just remember to install anyDVD and PowerDVD ULTRA 7.3.
I've been thinking about trying the 360 drive to PC setup myself, I have a HTPC but I'm currently using an HD-A1 for my HD-DVDs. I'm curious though, how do you get the TrueHD out of the computer? Doesn't it have to be passed via HDMI to the receiver? My motherboard has built in optical out, and my video card has DVI out which I use a DVI->HDMI adapter on, I don't think there's any way I could get TrueHD using the 360 drive.
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