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a good sata blu ray drive

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December 10, 2008 5:09:55 PM

just wondering what a decently priced stata blu-ray drive is... i don't need a burner, just something to read BD
I can't say i know much about different drives

thanx for any help

My computer is:
AMD: Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2886 MHz
Mobo: Gigabyte M57SLI-S4 v.2
RAM: 4GB Mushkin DDR2 PC2-6400
OS: Vista 64bit SP2
VC: EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB
a b G Storage
December 10, 2008 5:52:05 PM

The LG drives are pretty nice, and not badly priced right now.
a c 353 G Storage
December 11, 2008 3:35:06 PM

+1 for cjl recommendation on LD drives ( Much better "reviews" on newegg than Liteon. Just got a H2OL Last night. Have installed it and checked that it can read/write a DVD but have not checked it performance with Blu-ray yet.

NOTE: You didn't list your monitor. Not only your Graphics card has to be HDCP enabled (Believe yours is) But also Your Monitor. I have an excellent Dell LCD Monitor (20 in 4::3 paid $800) that is NOT HDCP and therefor to use it I would have to switch from DVI input to VGA input. Another option (I think) is to Buy AnyDVD HD.

Down load Cyberlink BD/HD Advisor and run
http://www.download.com/CyberLink-BD-Advisor/3000-2094_...

Ref to required software:
No ( at less I could not find) any "Free" BD players. The LG comes bundled with Cyberlink version 7.x, which needs to be patched. Newer version 8 needs to be purchased, AND removed HD so that it only plays BD movies (may be wrong, but this is the indication I get from other posts).
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December 11, 2008 3:52:54 PM

my monitor is a ViewSonic VX1932wm which is HDCP.
December 11, 2008 4:10:52 PM

Lite-On is also a decent drive manufacturer (altho the software leaves a bit to be desired).
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