Does anyone have any experience with FreeBSD and DVD drives
scott.mitchell at mail.com
Mon Jan 21 15:22:55 GMT 2002
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From: <tim.borgeaud at uk.dealogic.com>
To: <freebsd-users at uk.freebsd.org>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 1:06 PM
Subject: Does anyone have any experience with FreeBSD and DVD drives
> I've decided on a little upgrade to the audio side of my machine. One of
> the things
> I want is a cdrom or dvd with digital audio out and fast digital audio
> mainly so that I can more easily record minidisks.
> With my old 8x cdrom I used to be able to extract audio at single speed
> (less with
> jitter correction) but this doesn't seem to work anymore. I also read
> that it's digital out turns off when it isn't playing a track, which can
> lead to minidisks
> missing the first second or so when playing starts.
> Now that cheap DVD players can be bought for ~50 pounds they seem a
> reasonable option. But I'm not sure how much use a DVD would be with
> FreeBSD (4.4 Release).
> What kind of experience do any of you have with DVD drives?
I've recently put a Pioneer DVD-106S (internal ATAPI) drive in my machine,
after reading a number of glowing reviews of it. Cost about £60 -- a bit
more than a no-name unit but probably worth it for something with a quality
Only used it as a CD-ROM drive so far, but it's handled that flawlessly.
Audio extraction speed from a normal CD is around 8-10x. Not entirely sure
what cdda2wav is doing in the jitter correction department, though. The
drive has analogue and digital audio outputs.
Oh, and the slot loading mechanism is quite cool :-)
FreeBSD Services are (hopefully) going to be producing DVD versions of
future FreeBSD releases, so there's a good reason to have one... no doubt
more software will start to appear on DVD with time.
Can't really help with the video playback question, as I haven't tried that
yet. I would have thought that a Celeron 900 would have no difficulty with
DVD playback, though. Some ATI cards have TV-out, which I believe can be
coaxed into working on FreeBSD. Again, that's secondhand information.
There wouldn't seem to be much reason not to get one, if you need to upgrade
the CD-ROM anyway, unless you'll *never* want/need to read anything from a
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