HP Pavilion Elite M9340F and Blu-Ray

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September 27, 2009 at 09:01:50
Specs: Windows XP
I have a HP Pavilion Elite M9340F Desktop Computer and I was wondering if it will support a Blu-Ray Disk Drive should I decide to purchase one and install it?

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September 27, 2009 at 09:31:54
Your CPU is fast enough, and your video card supports BD playback. All you need now is an HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection)-compliant monitor. If you already know that your monitor is HDCP-ready, you can skip the novella below and buy that BD drive. :)

If you're using a monitor, HDTV, or projector that connects to your video card by HDMI, then you're good to go. All HDMI displays are HDCP ready. If the monitor connects to a DVI port, you'll need to make sure that it's HDCP ready. A quick look on the manufacturer's website should tell you.

If your DVI monitor is not HDCP ready, you can either:
- use the analog VGA jack on your video card. A non-HDCP ready DVI port will not allow you to watch Blu-Ray discs at their full resolution, thanks to a nasty little thing called DRM (electronic copy protection). However, VGA still allows full resolution playback (although this may change in the future).
- You can purchase SlySoft's AnyDVD, which strips the Blu-Ray of all of its copy protection, allowing you to watch it in full resolution over a non-HDCP-compliant DVI port.

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