The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Play the XBox 360 HD-DVD on your PC

Posted by Xavier Ashe on November 14, 2006

Double Double toil and trouble, well more accurately it’s Torx 5
Torx 7 toil and lots trouble. Enticed by the $199 price, we set
ourselves on a mission to find out if the Microsoft’s XBox 360 HD-DVD
player could work on a normal PC. Now, this can’t be an easy task, can
it?

Knowing there was already software available for Windows XP to play HD-DVD’s, could simply plugging the HD-DVD drive into a PC work? Well, no Windows needs drivers.

If Windows wants drivers, drivers it will get. After installing these drivers magic started to happen. The HD-DVD drive was now recognized in Windows XP. Now we needed a piece of software to actually play the HD-DVD. And after some hard work we managed to find a version of WinDVD 8 that was able to play an HD-DVD movie even on my low end hardware (Granted with some stuttering).

Wow… a $199 HD-DVD for my home theater PC.  DONE!  Read all the details on UNEASYsilence.

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