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Old 08-25-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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High Def DVD for Del Prec 380

My first post... so be gentle. I have a Del Precision 380 with Red Hat Nash version Is there a high-def DVD player available to replace the DVD player that came with the computer? I found a BlueRay player that would go in the Del, but it only listed Windows as supported OS.

Old 08-27-2007, 08:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Trying to be gentle . . .
  1. Have you read How To Ask Questions the Smart Way? While LQ tries to be much nicer than the mailings lists referenced, there is still a lot of good advice in this essay.
  2. What is a "Del"? Is it a new company I haven't heard of? Or did you mean "Dell"? Please be more careful of your spelling & proof reading. There is just enough possibility that you really meant "Del", that I don't quite dare assume it's a mistake.
  3. In any case, specs or, better, a link to specs are always helpful.
  4. While we are speaking of specs, a link to specs & info on the BlueRay player you found would also be helpful.
  5. What OS (i.e. Linux distro, incl. ver.) are you using/planning to use? Unfortunately,
    "Red Hat Nash version" tells me virtually nothing.
  6. What searches have you done for yourself?
    • Google
    • LQ
    • Wikipedia
    • LQ or other HCL
In general ...
  • optical disks "just work" in Linux.
  • mfrs. don't bother to find out (& list in the specs) if their product(s) work in Linux.
  • you don't have to worry about OS ver. specific drivers in Linux, once something works it usually keeps working.

Warning: I know next to nothing about BlueRay ... yet.
The good news is that your BlueRay player will probably work as a basic player, your problem will be to find playback software, & especially codecs, that can make it work completely.

Beware if it is designed for Vista & has DRM built-in -- this might make it difficult or impossible to use in Linux. (See #4 above.)

So, answer my Q's, by # if you like, & let's see if we can help.


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