PC and Blu Ray drives Questions

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  1. boobsmagee

    boobsmagee Well-Known Member

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    A bunch of annoying questions concerning blu ray/cd drives etc. Help would be very appreciated!

    I currently have a cheap dvd/cd drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106335
    I never installed software or anything and the basic windows media player audio doesn't work...but windows media center has always worked fine(although the basic media player looks as though it might be slightly better quality...which I find odd)

    I'm just not that impressed by most dvds, and in many cases think the quality looks worse on this monitor than a standard tv and was wondering if it's because of the DVD player/lack of software, the dvds possibly not being put into widescreen properly? or the monitor's high res(2048*1152)? Computer can't handle it? Also the moniter is DVI no HDMI :/ which will lead to the questions below
    Next are Comp specs then the more Blu Ray related qestions

    My Comp Specs
    Moniter:SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000:1 (DC) w/ HDCP Support

    Windows 7 64-Bit

    Radeon 5770

    Phenom II x4 3.2ghz

    4gs of ddr3 (although it's not operating up to it's 1600 I believe it's below 1333 without propper settings, which i never bothered to look up and fix)

    MOBO:ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

    Would getting blu-ray make all dvds not just blu-rays look MUCH better on this monitor? crisp even when maxed? or is my computer not capable of handling it?

    If so I was looking for a cheaper Blu ray player in the $60-100 range
    but have seen that most people have trouble with windows 7, and that the basic software doesn't work for everyone and if not you have to pay another $100 for powerdvd or something along those lines?

    and by using a DVI to HDMI adapter do i lose quality? the monitor only has DVI and thus I wasn't sure if it would ruin my blu-ray endeavor?

    and If i do a HDMI adapter i need a seperate audio cable? can anyone explain this a little further to me?

    Sorry for the length and the lack of organization...and lack of searching for my own answers but I just don't want to make any mistakes...let's just say my cash flow is rather limited and I don't want to waste what little money I have

    Thanks for you time
    -Rob
     
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  2. Red Alert

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    your hardware is not the the problem you can playback Blu ray movies with no problem with your current setup. Im not a fan of WMP or WMC. I use this http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/ for video playback. It maybe the monitors resolution causing the issue since its not a common resolution for most monitors atm. My 23" Samsung is 1920x1080 and I dont really notice a problem with playing DVD's at fullscreen. I would try different players here is another option http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    I have a Blu Ray player and using DVI and blu ray playback is perfect. If you have been thinking about getting a player you might be interested in this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...lickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16827136181

    $100 for a BR burner and some free media and 3D glasses is a great deal
     
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    So I don't need any extra cables or anything? just pick this drive up and I'm good to go?
    and thank you for the response
     
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    yeah no extra cables needed could go with this BR drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136195

    and use this promo code EMCYWYS55 its $60 with free shipping but it doesnt burn Blu Rays. It just burns CD and DVD's. Now OEM drives dont come with any software or sata cables. It just the drive only its not a problem since you can playback DVD's with almost every free video player around but you are gonna need a program to playback BR movies http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/overview_en_US.html http://www.arcsoft.com/EN-US/software_title.asp?ProductCode=TMT3P

    When I bought my last BR drive from newegg it was OEM but it came with Power DVD Ultra so you might luck out.
     

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