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Could anyone recomend me a good dvd or blu ray burner?


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#1 Drazala

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 12:07 PM

I have a plextor PX-760A and it won't read certain media. Some games it won't read period and others, it will read the first disk but not the second. Just to give an example. It will read and install the first disc of Fallout 3: game of the year edition. But when I go to install the add ons from the second disc, all the drive does is blink at me. I have looked for a fix and found none. So I'm looking for some advice on a brand and model number of a dvd or blu ray burner that wont have problems reading media.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 10:32 PM

I assume you are using a desktop PC and not a notebook. Also, be aware that Blu-Ray playback is not built into Windows and you either need to have a copy of the playback software included with the drive or purchase it on your own. That said, here are some ideas:

These are SATA drives. If you have an IDE only system, you cannot use them. Check before buying, if you can use SATA drives, those would be best.

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - A basic DVD drive.
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive- Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - This will read and write to CD's and DVD's, however, it will only read, not write, to Blu-ray discs.
LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - This will read and write to DVD's, CD's, and Blu-ray's.

All of these drives are OEM which means they come with the drive only. If you want to watch Blu-Ray movies, you have to purchase playback software.

Edited by DJBPace07, 29 May 2010 - 10:33 PM.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 01:15 AM

Lite on is good too

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 02:11 AM

Lite-on is decent, I have two of their drives. They don't have Blu-Ray burners though, yet.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 12:39 PM

yes it is for a desk top pc. I believe it is a SATA drive. I know my hard drive is. I'll have to double check and see. Where can I get some playback software if I decide to buy an OEM blu ray burner? Oh and I am running xp still if that matters.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 09:18 PM

I suggest WinDVD Pro 2010, it works with Blu-Ray's. You can also try PowerDVD 10. Blu-Ray playback is taxing on your system, so make sure you have at least a 2.5Ghz dual core and a ATI Radeon HD 2400/NVIDIA Geforce 8800GT, and 2GB of RAM before playing.

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#7 Drazala

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:23 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I would have to upgrade my video card. I'm still using a 8600gt, was thinking about buying a 9800gt.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 11:27 PM

I didn't realize the 9800GT was still being made. If you do upgrade to it, make sure your powersupply can handle the new card.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:29 AM

This is the power supply that I am using.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=...ed=0CDEQ8wIwAw#

If it's not adequate, can you suggest me a video card? I was looking at those because they are around $100. I am on a tight budget due to the economy. So I'm looking to spend upwards to $150.

Edited by Drazala, 01 June 2010 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:21 PM

That's more than enough power though, if you have the cash, you may want to get a better graphics card than the 9800 GT. The BIOSTAR VA5775NHG1 Radeon HD 5770 1GB comes highly recommended. That 5770 is a much better card than the 9800 GT and it has DirectX 11. In Fallout 3, the card gets roughly 15 to 20 more frames per second than a 9800 GT and rivals the GTX 260. For $25 less, the XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB is also a decent card, though it is slower than the 5770 but more powerful than the 9800 GT.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:04 AM

I appreciate the suggestion but I have had nothing but bad luck with Radeon vid cards. So I am a bit reluctant on buying another one.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:35 PM

That's odd. Most cards are mass produced so there is always a possibility of something going wrong no matter which card you choose, either from Nvidia or ATI. XFX and Newegg both have excellent return and RMA policies, if something goes wrong, which is very unlikely, you can easily get the problem fixed. XFX also has a lifetime warranty on the card. Be aware that the nearest Nvidia card with similar performance costs about $50 more than the Radeon 5770 and has fewer features.

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