Installation was simple with Plug-and-Play ease. I think we have moved
a long way from the initial Plug-n-Pray days of installation.
After removing the Encore, I plugged in the Dragon and connected up the cables (which
as in the case of the Hollywood card) took up the most time in the installation.
In addition to these I/O
connectors, there are two MPC3 compliant connectors located on the card itself. One allows
you to hook up the analogue CD-audio signal from the DVD-ROM drive and the second allows
you to send an analogue signal (from either the DVD/VCD soundtrack or the CD audio) to
I used the cables supplied to hook up to the rest of the components.
One thing to note: Some people have confused the VGA passthrough cable for a pass-back
connection found on the Canopus Spectra 2500/WitchDoctor cards. It isnt, even though
it may look like the passthrough cable supplied with the Canopus cards. A pass-back
connection implies that the monitor is connected directly to the VGA card (to minimise
video degradation). In this case, the monitor still plugs into the Dragon card, and the
VGA signal is still passed-through the DVD card.
On boot-up, Windows detected the new card and prompted me to supply the
driver diskettes. I inserted the clearly labelled driver diskette and voila. Windows
installed the drivers and booted up.
Next I installed the DVD playback program, which also allowed you to
select the region code to be installed. As with all PC-DVD solutions, you can only change
the region code 5 times before it becomes permanent.
This was one of my gripes when I reviewed the Hollywood decoder card:
that you are stuck with the region code once you have used up your five chances. Since
that review, I have noticed that there are now some third-party hacks which also allow you
to bypass that limitation, as well as disabling Macrovision (which prevents you from
recording the video image on a VCR). All you probably have to do is do a search for
DVD-related sites on the Internet. Please dont ask me for links.