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It is possible to make CD-ROMs which
are bootable on PCs, placing code on
the disc. It is also possible to do
this for Macintosh CD-ROMs. With this
it is possible to make dedicated
standalone operating systems on CDs;
examples include bootable disk
utilities and standalone MP3 CDs
of a small Linux-based
system, an MP3 player and some MP3s).
I was thinking that this should be
extended to DVD movies. Imagine if
each DVD movie was bootable; putting
it into a PC (or even perhaps a Mac)
and rebooting would load a small,
dedicated OS (perhaps based on Linux
or QNX or similar) with a DVD player.
This would turn the computer into a
dedicated DVD player until the user
rebooted it, without requiring any
permanent DVD playing software to be
Sure, most people want to play DVDs
from their existing OSes, though in
some cases this would add
convenience; it would also cost very
little (the OS and player could fit
into a few megabytes; a mere trifle
compared to the size of the video data).
|Too much hardware to support.
|If your computer can play DVD's anyway, why would you want to reboot to do it? I am having trouble thinking of the convenience.
|If you have a computer without an OS, or are a law-abiding Linux user who wishes to watch DVDs without downloading illegal software, or don't have the disk space to install a DVD player, being able to watch a DVD with no extra software would be useful.
|As for too much hardware to support, if the system supported a generic ATAPI DVD-ROM drive and a VGAesque card, with perhaps one or two of the more popular accelerated chipsets, that could suffice as a bare-bones solution. This would be a basic yet functional DVD player, not a high-end one.
|I think it is a great idea. A true hacker's concept: do it cuz you can. If you ever do create a CD like this, please e-mail me your OS and DVD software, I would love to see it. firstname.lastname@example.org
|I think it is a great idea as it would work for making linux distro's easier as also the every expanding windows. Put winxp, officexp, firewalls, all software....etc. On one DVD. YEah yeah you can ghost from a seperate partition but HD's crash. DVD's will be less likely to crash. Get it? Also the idea for movie watching sounds great too. Good idea! I found this looking for a section on how to make a dvd bootable.
|I would love a stand-alone version of this... just one normal CD/floppy (not sure how small you can make dvd decoding software) that would load to ram a DVD player OS... that would suit me fine, it doesnt have to be on every DVD ^_^ I have been looking for one since windoze decided it didnt like playing dvds (makes every program that tries vanish... lame!) great idea though!
|Can anyone tell me how I can
create a DVD that is bootable in
Sys 9.2.2 for the Mac. If this can be
done, then I can add other things
to it before I burn the DVD
|It would get rid of the long wait while Windows starts, since all it has to do is load up a video player... you could be watching your movie a lot sooner that way. If I had a DVD-ROM drive, I'd already be emailing whoever manufactures the movie discs about this.