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Can I connect a blu-ray player to a laptop?

Hello all. I am working on a long-term plan to set up a home theater system with as few pieces as possible. I already have a gaming quality ASUS laptop but unfortunately, the laptop doesn't have a blu-ray player. I mistakenly went out and purchased a SONY BDP-S1100 player thinking I should be able to hook this up to the laptop for now and eventually (once funds are available, hook the player directly into a much larger screen on a TV). Silly me forgot that my laptop ports are output only. However, there is a USB port on the blu-ray player. Should I be able to play blu-rays onto my laptop screen using a USB adapter? Is there any way to connect the player to the laptop? I know this will also require software and already have a program selected (PowerDVD). Thanks for your help.
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  1. I don't get the problem, you have a standalone blu-ray player so just connect it to the TV... Why would you try to route it through a PC first?
  2. Supermuncher85 said:
    I don't get the problem, you have a standalone blu-ray player so just connect it to the TV... Why would you try to route it through a PC first?


    As mentioned in the post, I don't have a TV yet and probably won't for several months. I'm looking for ways, if any, to route to the laptop until I DO have a television in the future, thus making this whole problem null and void.
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    The bluray player doesn't support being used as an external optical drive. The usb port is for a keyboard, or playing music or browsing photos from a usb storage device.
  4. bignastyid said:
    The bluray player doesn't support being used as an external optical drive. The usb port is for a keyboard, or playing music or browsing photos from a usb storage device.


    As I feared. I think that's pretty silly but I guess it keeps the market lucrative.
  5. Ah ok so your looking for a type of passthrough. Unfortunatly there isn't an easy solutions for it. The only thing I can think of would be something like a capture card or similar (avermedia for example) but those cost $170 or so for HDMI. You'd be better off buying an external (non OEM!!!!) blu-ray player. Why non oem? Cause you NEED the software for playback or you will have to buy it seperatly.
  6. Supermuncher85 said:
    Ah ok so your looking for a type of passthrough. Unfortunatly there isn't an easy solutions for it. The only thing I can think of would be something like a capture card or similar (avermedia for example) but those cost $170 or so for HDMI. You'd be better off buying an external (non OEM!!!!) blu-ray player. Why non oem? Cause you NEED the software for playback or you will have to buy it seperatly.


    At $170, that just pushes me closer to getting a low-end flat screen to hook up both inputs (laptop and blu-ray) to. Sounds like I should expedite that purchase if possible. Thanks!
  7. Yeah pretty much. I've had plenty of "friends" who bought a blu-ray drive for their PC only to be disappointed after finding out their OEM drive won't play them. Don't skimp the $10 saving on the drive if you have to pay $50 for the software to play them. And for the moment I don't know an alternative. And as mentioned before there is no simple way to use your laptop screen as a pass through.
  8. Supermuncher85 said:
    Yeah pretty much. I've had plenty of "friends" who bought a blu-ray drive for their PC only to be disappointed after finding out their OEM drive won't play them. Don't skimp the $10 saving on the drive if you have to pay $50 for the software to play them. And for the moment I don't know an alternative. And as mentioned before there is no simple way to use your laptop screen as a pass through.


    If you use cyberlink program you will be able to play you movies on your internal Blu-ray Player
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