Need advice on a blu-ray player please

Hi I am looking for a blu-ray player.

I have PowerDVD 8 but it does not play blu-ray (it gives me blue screen of death with nvlddmkm.sys error). I have tried WinDVD and Arcsoft Media Theatre Standard but they say "media not supported" for blu-ray.

Any advice on a blu-ray player?
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  1. That BSOD you mentioned is a very common issue. First get rid of that. Just follow the steps given in this link. Read the full guide for better idea of what needs to be done.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2615093/techtips_nvidia_blue_screen_of_death_pg2.html?cat=15

    What Optical drive do you have now? Please mention the brand and model.
  2. My optical drive says it is an ATAPI iHOS104 ATA Device. I am running Win 7 64-bit.

    The BSOD only occurs on PowerDVD everything else works fine. I appreciate your help though the issue is a little different from the error in the link you posted (it references 0x0000007E) although relating to the same file, it's like the issue described here:

    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=180298

    I did try renaming the file as described in the link but it just gave me standard graphics at low resolution.
  3. Your optical drive is a DVD player not a blue ray one. So you would need a proper blue ray one. Get a good drive from Sony or Asus.
  4. I may have read the wrong optical drive from Device Manager. The other one is a TSST corp CDDVDW SH-S223C ATA Device.

    One of them should be a blu-ray drive because I purchased an off-the-shelf iReign PC from Novatech which came with a blu-ray drive, and one of the drives says "Blu-ray" on the front!
  5. Look at this link, do you see Blu Ray anywhere. Looks like you have been fooled. Google with the model number. You would get to know that it is not a Blu Ray drive.
  6. Googled the model number and it says it is Blu-ray capable:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002EE996Q/ref=asc_df_B002EE996Q1304716?smid=A2YLYLTN75J8LR&tag=dealtmp391475-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B002EE996Q

    Windows Explorer calls it a "BD-ROM drive" and PowerDVD Diagnostics says my computer has a blu-ray drive and passes all the requirements to play blu-rays. I'm fairly certain Novatech haven't pulled a fast one on me...

    So can anyone recommend a blu-ray player?
  7. Here's one from Samsung website... I searched with SH-S223C.

    http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/office/optical-disk-drives/optical-disk-drives/SH-S223C/BEBE/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=specification

    Dont know if OEM models are named differently.

    Already mentioned the Blu Ray ROM above.
  8. Yeah that one's a DVD-RW. The other one is the Blu-ray drive.

    Can anyone please recommend software to let me play blu-rays?
  9. i use PowerDVD 10
  10. I can try that. It's powerDVD giving me the problem. Are there any blu-ray players other than PowerDVD?
  11. Windows Media Player can play blu-ray?

    My Windows Update says Windows is up to date, so does that mean the codec 7 pack is up to date too? I will give it a try :)
  12. Try this one - http://www.vlcmediaplayer.org/

    Your Blu-ray drive should have came with media containing the codec’s. I have a friend she installed a Cyberink Power DVD 9 and now both the power DVD and the windows media player play blu-ray.

    Yes Windows Media can play blu-ray. This is the codecs if you prefer the windows media instead - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=06fcaab7-dcc9-466b-b0c4-04db144bb601&displaylang=en
  13. Power DVD 8 and Windows 7 do not like each other. Upgrade to Power DVD 10 to fix the issue.
  14. Thank you that's very helpful.
  15. Though I should add the Windows Media Codecs link does not work for Windows 7. Perhaps my Windows Media Player has automatically downloaded the codec? I will try next time I get a blu-ray
  16. Deathwing1983 said:
    I have PowerDVD 8 but it does not play blu-ray (it gives me blue screen of death with nvlddmkm.sys error). I have tried WinDVD and Arcsoft Media Theatre Standard but they say "media not supported" for blu-ray.

    Any advice on a blu-ray player?
    Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre Platinum is required for blu-ray. Standard doesn't support BD. I've been using TMT for 3 years now and it is the best from my experience. Newegg carries the platinum version as a download for $60.

    Anonymous said:
    Yes Windows Media can play blu-ray. This is the codecs if you prefer the windows media instead - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=06fcaab7-dcc9-466b-b0c4-04db144bb601&displaylang=en
    I'm not so sure about the codec pack you linked. The date on it is 13-Dec-2004, before both Windows 7 and blu-ray. I'm not aware of any way to get blu-rays to play natively in WMC or WMP. Third party software is required AFAIK. VLC player will play the m2ts files on a BD I believe, but no menu support.
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