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HTPC questions (Bluray, OS, and Dolby)

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Ken B.

Feb 22, 2006
Hey guys,

Thinking about building an HTPC, but...

1.) Is there a free OS that will run BluRay discs reliably? I don't feel like tacking on another $100 for Windows if it's not needed.

2.) I use headphones WAY more than speakers when watching movies, does Dolby Headphone come as part of those PowerDVD8 discs that come with the cheap BluRay readers? I am kind of p*ssed that Dolby Headphone has not taken off, as I don't like 5.1 soundtracks on headphones (they don't sound right to me).


Overclockix Snake Charming Senior, Alt OS Content
Jan 24, 2006
Ontario Canada
Well I can say with some certainty that the free OS' use an ugly hack for blu-ray. (It dumps the disc to the hard drive, plays it, then cleans up when you are done) This was last month or so, things might have changed. As for the headphones I would have to pass that off to someone more knowledgable then I