Blu-ray burning/playback

December 8, 2009 at 10:19:40
Specs: Windows Vista 32bit
I'm considering buying some new hardware upgrades for my PC so that I can play/burn blu-ray discs and I just wanted to check if there was anything I hadn't thought of, or any reason these products would not work together. I've researched what I need/have and I THINK I've got everything, but I wouldn't want to miss something out!

Right, so here's what I have:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.20GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Memory: 2GB

And here's what I'm planning on buying:

http://www.tekheads.co.uk/product/H...

http://www.kikatek.com/product_info...


Would I need anything else? Or should this stuff all work?


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#1
December 8, 2009 at 11:23:11
Hopefully your 8600GT is one of the few that are HDCP ready; otherwise you'll have to use the VGA connection to watch BDs at full resolution. That, or use DVI+SlySoft AnyDVD to decrypt BDs as they play.

If it's HDCP ready, then you're all set!

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#2
December 8, 2009 at 11:35:33
As jackbomb says, not all 8600GT's are HDCP ready, however if you go for an 8600GTS then it will be, and if you can get hold of one, Gigabyte do a fanless model which is great for making your PC as quiet as possible.

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#3
December 8, 2009 at 13:07:05
Thanks a lot folks! Couple of questions (excuse if these are simple, I'm no computer genius that's for sure!)

How can I find out if my 8600GT is HDCP ready?

and jackbomb, can you just explain to me what you mean about using the VGA connection? I think I know what you're talking about, but as far as I can tell, my PC does not have a VGA connecttion, just two DVI-I's on the graphics card...


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#4
December 8, 2009 at 23:01:47
Easiest way to find out is by looking at the card specs on the manufacturer's website. I believe that Cyberlink also has some sort of BD readiness test that checks for HDCP. However, both monitor and video card must be HDCP ready to pass the test. If your current monitor isn't HDCP-ready, that will throw off the results.

DVI-I outputs two signals: a digital signal and an analog VGA signal. An LCD monitor plugged into a DVI-I port will only use the digital signal and ignore the analog. Your card probably came with a DVI to VGA adaptor. This adaptor will only use the analog/VGA signal and ignore the digital.

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#5
December 10, 2009 at 03:41:35
Thanks a lot fella.

I guess i'll probably just have to wait and see once I've got all the new stuff then! I will try out that cyberlink thing though.

Thanks


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