I just got a new computer, with a DVD drive. I’m a bit disappointed; I thought a 12x DVD drive would be fast enough to play movies smoothly on my computer, but, while it does a decent job, it does hesitate every minute or so. Is there any known product I can use to make it perform better? The software I’m running for it is Intervideo WinDVD, an Athlon 750 machine running Windows ME with 128 MB of RAM and a video card with 32 MB of RAM.
This has also made me think of some questions about the format:
What made DVD take off while laserdiscs turned out to be unpopular? Aren’t they essentially similar?
Since DVDs are the same size as CDs, why are they packaged in those oddly-sized cases rather than standard CD jewel cases? I was thinking this might be so that they could use the same artwork for the DVD case as for the video tape case, but since most films have a soundtrack CD out, it doesn’t strike me that there would be an extra expense in producing a CD-sized case for a movie.