Requirements for OEM ASUS blu-ray reader?

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  1. wannawatchbluray

    wannawatchbluray Junior Member

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    I want to purchase the ASUS blu ray reader below:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    and from reading the reviews, I became aware that I would need software to make it actually play Blu ray movies. Someone wrote about Cyberlink's PowerDVD as a solution, but I am unsure if this will solve all software issues. I am also unsure if I need to purchase a cable to attach it. I already have a DVD player which I want to replace with the new blu ray, so I am hoping that I can use the cable already there? Thank you for your help.
     
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    wannawatchbluray Junior Member

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    I am also concerned about being able to use the hardware/software combination without further modification in the future. Will this be possible somehow?
     
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    wannawatchbluray Junior Member

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    I forgot to mention, I am running Windows 7, 8 gb memory, and a nvidia geforce gtx 760
     
  5. Kartajan

    Kartajan Golden Member

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    If you look at the picture of the back of the drive, you will see that it is a SATA drive. If your DVD Drive was connected with SATA for power and data, then you have all the cables you need already.

    As far as the BD player software, the current release version of PowerDVD (16) states BD playback capability for all but the "standard" version.. https://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd-ultra/compare-versions_en_US.html?&r=1
    (They state compatibility for Win 7/8/10)

    **Typically when you purchase the regular version of a BD Drive and not the cheaper OEM version, you get player software included. EDIT: The drive you linked is in fact an OEM Drive, so no cables or SW are included....
     
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  6. Charlie98

    Charlie98 Diamond Member

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    I have the same player in my HTPC... you do, indeed, need aftermarket BD software to play BD disks.
     
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    I rip all mine, but occasionally we get one that we want to view right away, and ripping BD's takes time.
     
  9. lupi

    lupi Lifer

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    Got a BD drive when my DVD went bad as it was on sale for only about 10 more than another DVD. Just tried this program and it played my SWFA disc fine.