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First Blue-Ray DVD Writer for my PC - recommendations please?


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Hi there,

I'm a new member and have five computers at home, two laptops and three desktops.

For the first time, I'm now interested in getting a Blue-Ray DVD writer for my main family PC. The PC is running Windows XP Pro SP3 fully updated on an Intel Core2Duo 2.20GHZ E4500 CPU with 2GB RAM, a 500GB 7200rpm HDD with 32MB cache an ASUS motherboard and an NVidia GeForce 7300 GS graphics card. I use a AOC 24" WideScreen monitor running at a resolution of 1900x1200.

From my initial research, it seems that there may be issues when installing and using such a writer with the Windows XP OS. I'd rather not change to Windows 7 yet on this PC so any ideas of what I could buy for my first BlueRay device that would work with Windows XP Pro would be welcome. Ideally, I'd like to find a multi-region device if possible but this can be overlooked if not available. I'm also told that selecting the right playback software is equially important here as well. And help would be appreciated.

Kind regards,

Lee James West Sussex UK

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You dont need a bluray writer to to burn HD material you can burn this to a standard dvd with an ordinary dvd writer albeit not as much .It will play on a bluray player

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I find I can get about half an hour of HD video on a standard DVD. Blu-Ray discs are quite expensive still.

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