MacPro with Blu-ray drive

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  1. pagansoul macrumors 65816

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  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Mac OS X cant play Blu-ray movies but you can however burn data to Blu-ray discs from the Finder or use Toast to burn data or movie projects.

    you will have to play Blu-ray movies in Windows using software such as PowerDVD or AnyDVD

    if you want one then sure, go for it! make sure to get an IDE/PATA drive as thats what the optical drives in the Mac Pro use.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    $500?! HA! I got a 6x Blu-ray burner/HD DVD player for $327 four months ago.
     
  4. ZeelessOne macrumors member

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    Also realize that the day Mac OS X is able to play Blu-Ray DVDs, this drive will be ready for that.
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    @ Newegg ay? ;)
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    NowDirect. I posted here about it earlier because I thought it was a scam site; they sell things for so much less than anywhere else.

    TEG said it wasn't, I took a chance, I got my GGW-H20L two days later for $327 (It's $259 there now... :p) and I hadn't even paid for expedited shipping. I don't have a Mac Pro to put it in, but I wanted to get it when I did because HD DVD had just been killed and I wanted to preserve a piece of history. I never imagined that LG would keep SELLING them.
     
  7. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Interesting, that's the newly released LG GBW-H20L. (Supposedly drops HD-ROM capabilities of the LG GGW-H20L for a price drop) I wonder if it has the same firmware through SATA issues that the GGW had with toast? Either way, that price is solid enough to be a buy, in my opinion. Maybe after my next paycheck...
     
  8. idyll macrumors 6502

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    I think Toast lets you use Blu Ray CDs with your SuperDrive? I remember something like that when I installed it
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ^ Toast will allow you to burn data to blu-ray and so will the Finder ;)… how ever to watch a blu-ray movie you need windows software.
     
  10. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Good price, but SATA drive, won't work with cabling in the mac unless you fish another cable up there.
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    And that's not too hard. Just grab a 24" or longer SATA cable. Preferably with a 90 degree turn at one end.
     
  12. reberto macrumors 65816

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    I've been away from the Apple scene for a while, can someone fill me in on why Apple still hasn't given its built in DVD Player to play Blu-Ray movies? I assume it has something to do with HDCP, no?
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yep. That and Blu-ray's obscene power draw in portables.

    Anyway, WHY would you want a Blu-ray drive from APPLE?! All the people complaining about Apple not offering one will turn right around and complain that it's hundreds of dollars more than a normal Blu-ray drive (because it will be, obviously, it's Apple).
     
  14. reberto macrumors 65816

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    Every other laptop maker has managed to get a Blu-Ray drive in their laptops without too much trouble in terms of battery life, Apple should have no problem doing the same. Of course, I could say the same thing about graphics cards :rolleyes:
     
  15. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Yep. Apple charges $99 to add a second SuperDrive to a Mac Pro and it's the same drive you can buy for a 1/3 of the price on Newegg. I can see a Blu-ray option on Apple cost at least $800 straight from them.
     
  16. wflan macrumors newbie

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    I recall talk about 'approved devices' and all sorts of DRM BS regarding blu-ray. will a standard DVI display work with blu ray in windows?

    can parallels manage it or do I need a windows partition under boot camp?

    Any particular drive that's got a good feature set or on that I should stay away from?
     
  17. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    1. Don't revive two month old threads.
    2. No, the display has to be HDCP compatible, as does the motherboard, graphics card, and OS.
     
  18. wflan macrumors newbie

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    sorry, I figured that a one month old zombie thread was better than a duplicate...

    If I have a Mac Pro and a DVI only display, am I simply SOL in the blu-Ray game, data discs excepted?
     
  19. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't necessary have to be HDCP compatible, Slysoft AnyDVD HD.;)

    They should make an OS X version. It would probably be a great market boost for them. Though there are many more Windows users they are spending about $500 on average for a computer while Mac Users are spending well over $1000 for new computers. Who is more likely to fork over the money for a Blu-Ray drive and this software.
     
  20. Supaklaw macrumors regular

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    What is your monitor? You can always run a DVI-HDMI cable to your TV, assuming you have a HDTV.
     
  21. wflan macrumors newbie

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    an Apple 23"... with the sly software, it looks like I don't need to adapt anything! A+ on the link
     
  22. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Only works in Windows, though.
     
  23. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    Once they have renewed mac mini, the whole mac line will have enough cpu/gpu power to playback bd movies.
    Then there might be a possibility.
    Definetely spring 2009 when fcs3 is due...
     
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