Blu-Ray drive mod on non-Super Drive MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HiFiGuy528, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    HiFiGuy528

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    Is it possible to mod my MacBook for a Blu-Ray drive?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    probably but you would only be able to burn data to Blu-ray discs and not watch Blu-ray movies as there is currently no software in OS X to do this and MacBook's arent HDCP compatible. you will have to use software in Windows to do this.
     
  3. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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    yes you can do- but battery will drops very quickly
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    While it may be possible, it could only be used to burn discs, even in windows. The screen resolution is only 800px, where as BD is 1080.
     
  5. izym macrumors newbie

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    You could just downscale it.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What would be the point then? Really? The loss in battery life and processing power required to downscale 1080p to 720p? 800p? wouldn't be worth it. That and watching 1080p on that screen isn't that great.
     
  7. Soren Helsted macrumors newbie

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    I could think of a few reasons why: plug in the AC and battery life is a non-issue, attach an external screen or import to iTunes and watch on Apple TV in full-HD. I guess the issue is more a hardware issue - I believe you would need a new drive to read the B-R disk.
     

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