I have a PC connected to my Panasonic 50" Plasma for use as HTPC. I am currently using sony's budget DVD-RW but that is giving me a fair number of problems with DVD playback (skipping, freezing). Please recommend me a more reliable make of DVD-drive for use in DVD-playback on my machine.
The problem is not the display card, and it difficult to judge where exactly is th problem, however going for a good DVD Drive is anyway advisable if you are heavily using it for Movies. Ripping to HDD is not the solution either, what is the drive for anyway then. I have tried all brands of DVD/CD RW....., SONY, Samsung, LG, Lite On, Creative, Philips you name it.... but no drive has come close to the performance of ASUS Sata DVD RW. Been using it for year and a half now and it plays disks flawlessly. The read and write speed is commendable and built quality is very good as well.
After ASUS I would suggest Lite On, though the drive is fairly good in disk reading its built quality is just OK. Then comes sony/LG and lastly Samsung. Samsung drives has given me the max issues during their tenure, stay away from them.