Creative DXR2 DVD decoder

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October 12, 2008 at 22:42:58
Specs: Win98SE/Win2000, Pentium II 266MHz/384MB
I recently came across an old Creative DXR2 DVD decoder card. I'm planning on throwing it into one of my Pentium II boxes, just for kicks, but I heard somewheres that it came packaged with a Creative-branded DVD drive, which I unfortunately don't have. Will it work with a different DVD-ROM drive? Thanx.

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October 13, 2008 at 06:25:24
Actually, it was part of a package called "Creative PC-DVD Encore" that came with a 2X DVD-ROM drive. Not only would you need the proper DVD drive but you'd also need the necessary VGA loopback cable, audio cables, drivers & software. I have two of these cards myself...they're totally useless without the rest of the hardware. Besides, technology has progressed beyond the need for a separate decoder card.

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October 13, 2008 at 08:29:32
If you're running that P2-266 on a 440LX or BX chipset (they both use SDRAM instead of slower EDO-DRAM), you won't need a decoder card. Running an older version of PowerDVD (try P-DVD XP/4.0), the CPU should be fast enough to decode the DVD by itself.

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October 14, 2008 at 00:33:28
I see. I know for a fact that it uses SDRAM and not EDO RAM, so I should be good to go. Thanks!

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