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Old December 18th, 2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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What app to buy for playing BR discs?

Hi,

I'm about to buy the Buffalo Blu Ray burner. It doesn't come with the appropriate software for playing a blu ray discs. Do you guys recommend Power DVD (if so which version), or something else?

Thanks,
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Old December 19th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #2
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You have to make sure your monitor is HDCP compliant and it's highly recommended to use Vista to play Blu-ray discs. Not only that, make sure your computer's CPU and/or GPU is fast enough for Blu-ray.

If you are using XP and use a non-HDCP monitor, try SlySoft's solution, InterVideo and Cyberlink will not support non-HDCP monitors or operating systems that don't fall under "Trusted Computing" when playing commercially produced Blu-rays.

If you have the right computing equipment (HDCP monitor and graphics card, Vista's trusted computing), I'd say PowerDVD's a great bet for those using high end graphics cards.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 03:26 PM   #3
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Thanks, my stuff is all HDCP compliant. My system is not high end, but not bargain basement either. But I am running XP, though. Hopefully there won't be any problem.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 02:20 AM   #4
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Your best bet is to get a PCI-E x16 graphics card with Nvidia's PureVideo HD or ATI's Unified Video Decoder.
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