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#1 theos911

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:31 AM

http://www.macworld....001/10/mce.html

Does anyone have one of these?

Is it possible to get hardware assisted DVD playback with MCE's card under X?

As my WS is slowly turning into my main PPC machine, I'm looking into all upgrades possible and the possibility of hacking a slot loading DVD/CD burner into the WS is EXTREMELY tempting. }:)

EDIT:
Support pages, look under Xcarét Pro Expansion Bay CD-RW and CD-RW/DVD Combo Drives
http://www.mcetech.com/support.html

The DVD decoder card is also available for sale and is on clearance!
http://store.mcetech... ... de=DVDMPG2
68k: Duo 230, 270c, 280c, DuoDock II, DuoDock Plus, Apple Minidock, Newertech Netdock & Ultradock 16sce, 540c, 190
PPC: 2300c, 5300ce, Performa 6500, Wallstreet II 300, B&W Powermac G3 500, iMac G3 700

PRAM? When in doubt, Pull it out!

#2 Byrd

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:23 AM

The DVD decoder card never worked under X - it's OS 9 only I'm afraid. If you have an upgraded WS however, try loading the DVD movies under VLC under X - you might be lucky in a windowed mode.

A slot-loading drive sounds good :) You could probably cannibalise a good tray-load DVD burner from a generic PC laptop in there though with less fuss.

JB
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#3 theos911

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:09 AM

I went ahead and snagged one of the MCE decoder cards while I could. I don't have an apple card and DVD under 9 is better than DVD under nothing. (Wonders if card has Linux support...)

Do we know if there are differences between the Apple Card and the MCE card?
68k: Duo 230, 270c, 280c, DuoDock II, DuoDock Plus, Apple Minidock, Newertech Netdock & Ultradock 16sce, 540c, 190
PPC: 2300c, 5300ce, Performa 6500, Wallstreet II 300, B&W Powermac G3 500, iMac G3 700

PRAM? When in doubt, Pull it out!

#4 Byrd

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:18 AM

It certainly looks the same as the Apple card, right down to the black sticker - wouldn't be surprised if it is
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#5 theos911

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:22 AM

Dang!

Oh well, still can't beat the price, especially since I haven't seen any here or on eBay.

Besides, like you said, the G4 500 might be able to software decode it anyway. (Once I get a fan and stop it overheating.)
68k: Duo 230, 270c, 280c, DuoDock II, DuoDock Plus, Apple Minidock, Newertech Netdock & Ultradock 16sce, 540c, 190
PPC: 2300c, 5300ce, Performa 6500, Wallstreet II 300, B&W Powermac G3 500, iMac G3 700

PRAM? When in doubt, Pull it out!

#6 Bunsen

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

Hmmm now. I wonder if you could finagle that to work in a PCI-Cardbus adapter.

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