Because this card is still under development, there are
still some glitches here and there. Every 5-10 minutes, the movie suddenly freezes for a
split second (with some corruption in the image) before returning to normal playback.
Another problem I faced was that upon the
conclusion of some special features on a DVD, instead of returning me to the Menu page,
the program would throw me to the Windows desktop. I would need to press Play to resume
playback. This also happened when I pressed and held down Ctrl-F (or Ctrl-R) for
fast forward/rewind - for too long a period.
Some of my newer DVDs like the Die Hard Trilogy and A Bugs Life
could not be played at all.
I cant determine if these are software or hardware-related
problems, but these issues will be addressed before the final release.
As I mentioned earlier, the only drawbacks to this card are
- it runs in full screen mode only
- it only displays on either the TV or the monitor, but not both, at the same time
But it compensates for it all with:
- Great image quality
- Low cost hardware DVD solution
Sure, a lot of VGA cards these days ship with some level of
DVD-playback support, but these solutions are still very CPU-intensive. Companies like ATI
and Matrox also offer add-on solutions to offer full DVD support (including AC3), but they
lack the flexibility of a standalone solution like the Dragon card, and should you upgrade
your video card (who doesnt eventually?), you have to throw away your whole