I need to update my guide for my forum but here is a start. The only things I need to update is the drives. Plus you can use a DVI rather than HDMI if you use AnyDVD or a converter cable.
[B]System Memory (RAM)[/B]
1 GB is ok but [U]2+ gigs is recommended[/U]
By RAM we mean to be able to use DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) at the very minimum.
[B]How do I know my optical drive is compatible for Blu-Ray?[/B]
[I][U]Below is a small set of drives that continues to grow. More drives will hit the market soon enough[/U][/I]
Plextor BD writer PXB900a
What graphics card do I need to play Blu-ray Disc titles on my computer?[/B]
It is recommended that you have one of the graphics cards with the following graphics processor unit (GPU) installed on your computer in order to play Blu-ray Disc:
- [li] Intel 965G, G33 graphics
[/li] [li] nVidia [U][B](minumum requirements)[/B][/U]: GeForce 7900 GX2, GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7950 GX2, GeForce 8400 series,
[/li] [li] nVidia [U][B](recommended requirements)[/B][/U] : GeForce 8500 series, GeForce 8600 series, GeForce 8800 series
[/li] [li] ATI [U][B](minumum requirements)[/B][/U]: ATI Radeon X1600 series, X1800 series,
[/li] X1900 series
[li] ATI [U][B](recommended requirements)[/B][/U]: ATI Radeon HD 2400, 2600, 2900,
[/li] 3400, 3600, 3800 series
Also if you want true HD quality you’ll need a card and a monitor capable to, so I have provided a pic of a card that contains the HDMI connection on it as a example and you’ll need a following monitor to be able to use that connection too without degrading to a no HDCP monitor. Notice the word HDMI This is what you want. Also a card and Monitor must be able to put out a 1920Ã—1080 pixels or higher, this is a 1080p quality picture as well as long as you use a HDMI connection or a DVI connection [U][B]( no VGA’s as VGA’s are analog )[/B][/U]. [B][U]I highly suggest to stay completely away from integrated graphics![/U][/B]
Monitor connection Notice the HDMI again
[B]Graphic Card Memory:[/B]
We recommend having at least 256 MB of video memory to ensure the smooth playback of Blu-ray Disc titles 512 or above of course is better.
256 MB graphics card memory or above
Note: If you want to use digital output during Blu-ray Disc playback [U][B](through DVI or HDMI connection)[/B][/U], make sure the graphics card is HDCP [U][B](High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)[/B][/U] compatible. If your graphics card is not HDCP-compliant but with a DVI connector, you can use a DVI-to-VGA converter (or cable) to output the video in analog format. To determine whether your graphics card is HDCP-compliant, please visit the hardware manufacturer’s Web site.
[li] HDCP [U][B](High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection)[/B][/U] compliant display [U][B](DVI, HDMI connections)[/B][/U] for digital output
[/li] [li] TV [U][B](composite, component, S-Video)[/B][/U] or computer monitor (VGA) for analog output
[B](minumum requirements)[/B] A high-quality 5.1 surround, on board sound may pull more resources from the CPU and RAM compared to the PCI connection sounds cards.
[B](recommended requirements)[/B] A high-quality 7.1 surround optical out would be best.
To get the best out of the sound on Blu-Ray you’ll want and optical out connection, coaxial may work but not sure. The better the card the better the TrueHD sound.
Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed or Vista
[B]Software to play on the PC[/B]
PowerDVD BD version. Note: An easy way to determine whether your version of PowerDVD supports Blu-ray Disc is to look for the Blu-ray Disc logo on the main screen of PowerDVD. If you don’t see either of those logos, it is likely your version of PowerDVD doesn’t support Blu-ray Disc title playback. CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra Purchase.
Or [B]ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatreâ„¢ [/B]
ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatreâ„¢ (VidaBox edition) [SOFT-ARCSOFT-HDBD] : $99.99 : Media Center & Home Theater PC / HTPC Systems - VidaBox - Home Entertainment Made Simple
Even though the minimum specs can play back, there can or will be playback issues.
With XP there isn’t much to really offer in assistance to add more to it as the more installed applications require that you use more RAM etc… Same applies with Blu-Ray DVD’s too. So XP users need two things [B]1)[/B] More RAM around 4 gigs and [U][B]2)[/B][/U] the UDF File System which I have no idea where to get that.
With Vista this means that you will need more RAM. If you bought a PC with vista installed most likely there isn’t enough RAM there just enough to run the OS alone. This is normal for PC manufacturers.