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    Default Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    I have the M50SV model AS030G, as sold in the UK. (Vista Ultimate SP1)
    When I purchased it I confirmed that it was the Blu Ray model, & had a HDMI out.

    I borrowed a Blu Ray to try, & couldn't get it to read at all.
    After searching I realised that I didn't have the WinDVD software required.. Called up the retailer, & was informed that "cyberlink DVD suite power2go" was supplied & would do the job.
    This did not help with playing my Blu Ray.

    The optical drive installed is the HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40L ATA Device.
    I've searched, & not been able to get any info as to if this is indeed "Blu Ray" compatible.

    Blu ray is not mentioned on the notebook or drive. But "HD Vision" is.

    Do I need WinDVD, or have I been sold a blu ray notebook that is not?

    Sorry for rambling. Any help would be greatfully received.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    Hi, and welcome to the forums! You can take the optical drive out and check manually.
    Take a look at the M50 disassemble guide:
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    Thanks, but wouldn't that invalidate the warranty?

    Also, what should I be looking out for in the drive?
    I worry that as Blu Ray is not written on any visible component of this notebook, that it is maybe not Blu Ray at all.

    I live in hope that software will cure me.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    Just eject the drive, does it have 2 laser heads in it?

    My g50vt-a2 has 2 laser heads in it...

    Also says blue ray on the drive itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cor View Post
    Thanks, but wouldn't that invalidate the warranty?

    Also, what should I be looking out for in the drive?
    I worry that as Blu Ray is not written on any visible component of this notebook, that it is maybe not Blu Ray at all.

    I live in hope that software will cure me.

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    Nope, only removing your CPU and GPU would void your warranty
    It's really the fastest way to check if your optical drive is a blu-ray player or not.
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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    Do you have the Blu-ray icon on the drive cover? If not then it isn't.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    How about trying to play a Blu-Ray Disc? If it plays, then good for you. If not, then you know what it is. I think that would pretty much solve the problem.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    Thanks for the replies.
    No Blu Ray or logo on the drive.

    I did try to play a blu ray disc, this is how I discovered my problem.
    After extensive searching, I had hoped that it was down to missing software (WinDVD), which was not supplied.
    It now looks like I've been sent a wrongly spec'd notebook.

    I'll get back to the Asus Retailer and see what they say.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cor View Post
    Thanks for the replies.
    No Blu Ray or logo on the drive.

    I did try to play a blu ray disc, this is how I discovered my problem.
    After extensive searching, I had hoped that it was down to missing software (WinDVD), which was not supplied.
    It now looks like I've been sent a wrongly spec'd notebook.

    I'll get back to the Asus Retailer and see what they say.

    Thanks again.

    Cor.
    Yeah the model number you gave would indicate a DVD RW type device.

    As far as i know the Bluray players doing the rounds are listed as Optiarc-5500, + the fact it does not have the logo on the drawer drive, and the other stuff you covered, I would say DVD only.

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    Default Re: Is my optical drive Blu Ray or not?

    I ordered my G50VT A2 from Xotic PC without Blue Ray but my drive cover still says Blue Ray. Couldn't they have just pulled out the optical and replaced it with a non blue ray and never changed the cover?

 

 
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