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    Blu-Ray Internal Player/Writer Purchase: Would Appreciate Advice

    I'm building a new machine and want to include blu-ray. Between these two units,

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135252 [8MB cache,$80, Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136250 [4MB cache $60, LG WH14NS40]

    all other specifications being fairly equal, is 8MB cache for $20 more worth it?

    Would I see a real difference between 8MB and 4MB caches?

    I welcome any other advice.

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    You're getting some media software with the more expensive unit, the LG is bare drive. I don't think cache size if very important in an optic drive especially these days, we tend to write discs full or as full as we intend them to be, or read out an installation program all at one time, not use them as a dynamic drive where we're accessing a data file over and over again in a short period of time.
    I'm sure the Cyberlink 2 Go software is pretty basic at that price point so you can probably cover what it does and more with any of several free BluRay compatible software packages. Something that actually plays back commercial BluRay discs is going to cost more like $40-60.

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    F.U.N. downtown, thank you for the information.

    After reading your post I went back and read the comments about these two. Boiled down to "you get what you pay for." I'm going to pass on these two, try to learn a little more about blu-ray devices, and undoubtedly end up paying more money when I get one.

    Thanks again, and sorry for the delay in responding.

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    If you don't need the burner part, this weekend, Newegg has an OEM LG 12X BD-ROM unit for $40 (free shipping) with promo code.

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    @F.U.N. downtown

    FOLLOWUP: This week I ordered and installed an LG DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive Model UH12NS30 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tem=27-136-268), which is probably the same one you wrote about above. With promo code it also was $40. And I thank you again for your replies.

    After reading a LOT of reviews and forums about Blu-Ray and about people having problems getting a Blu-Ray to burn, I decided a BD-ROM was good enough for me.

    I had a rather painless experience getting the bare metal OEM player up and running, video and sound, but it seems a lot of people have problems getting a Blu-Ray to play, so I'm going to somewhat detail my experience.
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    Hardware:
    Board: Asus F1A75-V EVO
    CPU: AMD A8-3870K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
    Graphics Card:Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO [DVI output]
    DVI cable
    Monitors: Acer X193W
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    Software:
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. [No problem playing Blu-Ray with either]
    VLC 2.1.0 Rincewind.
    KEYDB.cfg [downloaded from http://vlc-aacs.whoknowsmy.name/]
    libaacs.dll (64-bit) [downloaded from http://vlc-aacs.whoknowsmy.name/]
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    Blu-Ray Disc, "When Harry Met Sally" - $5.11 on sale at Target.
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    As detailed in http://vlc-aacs.whoknowsmy.name/, in %appdata% I created the folder AACS and put KEYDB.cfg in it. The location of %appdata% is different in W7 and W8. The download site links to instructions on how to find the %appdata% folder for your machine. (The anonymous WhoKnowsMy.Name deserves a shoutout.)

    I then put libaacs.dll in my VLC folder.
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    And that was all there was to it. I did do a right click on the desktop and refresh my machine, but I did not restart. Cranked up VLC, clicked on Media, clicked on Open Disc, clicked on the Blu-ray radio button, clicked on Play, and it plays, video and sound.
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    Hope this can help someone.
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    Addendum: Just tried playing Blu-Ray on my VGA card, cable, and monitor. Works fine. I do understand that I need HDMI card, cable, and monitor for a better picture. That'll happen sometime next year.

    I also recommend Cyberlink's free Blu-ray Disc & 3D Advisor, http://www.cyberlink.com/prog/bd-support/diagnosis.do, which will
    1. Check if your system is capable of playing Blu-ray Discs and 3D content.
    2. Recommend ways to optimize your system.

    This tool fails my system only for Software Player Not found; apparently it doesn't know to look for VLC. But it's a handy tool nevertheless.
    Last edited by lesle; 2013-11-26 at 05:44. Reason: Changed "directory" to "folder"; very minor editing.

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