I was wondering if there is a program (or a player) that reads ahead the file to be played (usually mkv in my case)
to the RAM, so the disc that the video file resides in, won't spin for the entire duration of the playback,
but only every time the cache is almost empty.
A program that I've used in the past (called DVDIdle), was doing that universally for every player I wanted,
but they've stopped updating it 6 years ago and now it doesn't seem to work with Windows 7.
The method I am using now, is to either having the drive wearing down and buzzing all the time,
or copy the entire file to HDD and play it from there.
I was looking for something more convenient, automated, without waiting for an entire file to be copied
or needing any HDD space, like I've used to in the past.
Anybody has a clue?
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Unlike my previous experience with DVDIdle, the AnyDVD's setting is global and doesn't distinguish
between playback of MKV files or performing general copy functions like copying a file.
Also, the drive doesn't rest while playing back the movie.
Hopefully in the future something closer to DVDIdle will emerge and be compatible with Windows 7.
Still, this is an improvement over my current situation, so Baldrick I thank you for that!
Have you tried installing in compatibility mode? As example I have an old scanner that was made just as XP was released. I just assumed I had to boot XP to use it. But I tried installing in 32 bit W7 using compatibility mode during install and it works fine. No more booting XP just to scan a document.
Yes I did.
It didn't work.
Running it in virtual environment probably will not allow the program to find and interact with the player and even if that was working, would make my PC slower while running the virtual environment in background.
But I might give it a try with Thinstall if I find time.
You could try communicating with the author of DVDIdle and see if the source code is available and then have it updated (either by yourself or getting others to work on it) so it is Win7 compatible...
Long shot, but who knows?
And the developer is trying to sell another product that doesn't have that function in the place of the old,
so I doubt he would like to hear from me...