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There is someone locally selling this drive


I can get it for the same price, he picked it up for an mITX build, but it didnt fit in his case, so its technically new, but the box has been opened.

Does anyone have this drive, and how is it? I know the software is a pain, but for the price I cant really complain too much.
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You probably can't go wrong, my 2 year old Lite-On BD drive has never given me trouble. The real problem is software. There's no legal free Blu-ray playback software, so you're stuck with paid players like PowerDVD or Total Media Theater(which is my favorite).
    
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I grabbed it earlier today, couldnt turn it down. I do heavily loathe the software. It took me nearly an hour to determine that for whatever reason I cant play Avatar in PowerDVD 8, even after the update.

I hate it when companies ship their products with broken software. At any rate, im watching Dark Knight right now, and its working fine. The drive was worth it.
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Yup, PDVD8, that's the exact reason why I use TMT3. Their disc compatibility "updates" caused more problems than they solved. TMT3 has only had trouble with one disc, Fight Club, which was fixed. Aside from that everything else has worked like a charm.
    
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Yup, PDVD8, that's the exact reason why I use TMT3. Their disc compatibility "updates" caused more problems than they solved. TMT3 has only had trouble with one disc, Fight Club, which was fixed. Aside from that everything else has worked like a charm.
Ill keep that in mind.
post #6 of 12
VLC player or anything else like that won't play them?
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Not directly from a Blu-ray disc, at least not on it's own. You'd need AnyDVD to decrypt, which costs money, which brings us back to where we started.
    
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Not directly from a Blu-ray disc, at least not on it's own. You'd need AnyDVD to decrypt, which costs money, which brings us back to where we started.
The thing that burns me the most is that these drives come with bundled software, that you pay for. It may not be a full version, but it should still have the ability to work as designed. If the program you use can play all blu-rays, there is no reason why cyberlink cant do the same.
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Apparently PowerDVD 10 is supposed to be good, at least that's what I hear.
    
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Apparently PowerDVD 10 is supposed to be good, at least that's what I hear.
lol, yeah, for an additional $80 haha. If im going to spend that kind of money on a program that has already shafted me once, im gonna go with what you suggested and not powerdvd.
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