2GHZ Mac Mini, 4GB RAM - can it play Blu-Ray in Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by redfive19, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. redfive19 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    Did a search but didn't want to resurrect a new an old thread.

    Can the 2ghz mac mini with 4GB of ram play blu-ray discs in bootcamp? I have an external Lite-On DH-4O1S-08 drive in a Vantec USB 2.0 enclosure. I don't want to rip them and I'll be using AnyDVD HD to take care of the HDCP. Thanks in advance!!

  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    In bootcamp I'd say it's probable, as it's an external drive, as long as you have all the correct software/drivers and stuff, you'd be good to go.
  3. h1d macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    MBA boot camp can't, so how can MM do that?

    BD advisor app said gpu no good in MBA. PowerDVD won't even try to play it.
    Playing BD file alone with VLC made a nice slideshow.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    But with Plex, a 2 gHz Mini can play nearly all Blu-ray rips just fine.
  5. CpuCooker macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    Plex is awesome. My 1.83 Ghz mini can play the rip of "300" topping at 94%-98% cpu usage. But "300" is only 14.5 Gb with one AC3 track.

    Disney's "cars" is 19.9 Gb. Plex even show the amount of cpu needed to play the file, just press "i". "Cars" plays with 108% cpu usage. ?!?!? It means I need 8% more power to play it flawlessly. Even so, it's still watchable.

    "Iron man" rip only stutters 4 or 6 times. 17.1 Gb

    "3 10 to Yuma" tops at 115%-117% in the fast moving scenes and I have excessive frames droped. This 21.5 Gb rip is too much for this mighty mini, I'm hopping the 2.16 C2D I ordered will fix it.

    Plex + Mac Mini is really awesome, all my pc friends are amazed with the silence and performance playing 1080p rips (remux files). OSx and plex only use 450 Mb of ram.
  6. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Not directly - the mini doesn't have HDCP and neccessary mumbo jumbo to support Blu-ray playback.

    You can rip Blu-ray disks using AnyDVD and then play back in MacOS using Plex.
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    if apple introuduces some sort of bluray media player in SL that would be pretty awsome, it would hopefully be able to play it directly from a disk :)
  8. redfive19 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    Are you sure it doesn't have the right hardware? I know that VMWare Fusion and Parallels - it's impossible. In Fusion, Cyberlink won't even launch (says it cannot be run in a virtual machine) and Parallels doesn't have the neccesary video card. I was sure tho that bootcamp might be able to do it, no?
  9. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    The Mac OS X driver does not use HDCP for the GMA 950.

    I can't find much on Windoze Blu-ray use with the GMA 950.

    PowerDVD does not directly support Blu-Ray playback on the GMA 950 (it wants 256MB of Video RAM and X3100 as a minimum) and it seems it requires Vista to play on Intel graphics.

    What software were you thinking of playing back Blu-Ray directly on BootCamp/Windows?

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