Does anyone know where I would be able to get some good free software to allow me to play Blu-rays on my new computer?
Blu-ray decryption requires a license I believe, so there aren't any UK legal free decrypters as far as I know, though power dvd is usually free with a cheap drive.
It used to be that to play blu-ray you needed to have a compliant drive, GPU and monitor and connections between them (HDCP). Modern GPUs are all compliant with recent drivers, though you might need to make sure you're using WHQL rather than betas. Check your monitor is HDCP compliant for the connection you're using (DVI, displayport etc.).
So, free playback. VLC Media Player can play unencrypted Blu-Ray discs. If you have libaacs installed in an appropriate location, with a meaningful key store, it can play encrypted discs too (this varies depending on your legal jurisdiction, and may be illegal where you live). In no cases can it play BD+ encrypted content.
Sucks, doesn't it?
As far as I am aware I'm running Catalyst 12.4 although I don't know how I check this to make sure. The tesh spec sheet for my Dell 2412M shows:
And one of my three monitors is using the DVI connection (other two are on Display Port) so there shouldn't be a problem here.... should there?Connectivity
1 Digital Visual Interface connectors (DVI-D) with HDCP
1 Video Graphics Array (VGA)
1 USB 2.0 upstream port
4 USB 2.0 downstream ports
DC power connector for Dell Soundbar
I just tried that Splash Lite and it doesn't work as (protected) Blu-Ray playback software...
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for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.
Yeah I see what you mean sorry - didn't realise the powerdvd12 trial was still working on your current setup.
Sounds like the older stuff is just incompatible with modern displays/drivers/disks, which is very poor.
You need pro or ultra for blu-ray (or the blu ray edition OEM version). I don't think standard does blu-ray.
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