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How to hook up blu ray player to laptop via hdmi

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by afterdark, Feb 15, 2010.

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  1. afterdark

    afterdark Notebook Geek

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    I'm planning to order a dv8t without the blu ray option since it is 200 dollars and I'd rather use the 200 dollars to buy an external sony blu ray player. Will I be able to hook up the external blu ray player via HDMI to my dv8t and play blu rays on the screen? Even though it won't have the optical blu ray drive or drivers. If someone can please clarify, that would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Typically you'd hook up a notebook via USB.
     
  3. Kuu

    Kuu That Quiet Person

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    Um, the HDMI port on the dv8 is a Out port, not In. You can't use the display to watch anything besides what the OS runs.
     
  4. hendra

    hendra Notebook Deity

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    No, you would use USB 2 to connect your external Blu-ray drive with your laptop and then use HDMI to connect with your TV. FYI: You can buy an internal Blu-ray laptop drive for less than 100 bucks now. It is far more convenient to use internal drive.
     
  5. afterdark

    afterdark Notebook Geek

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    I was hoping the HDMI would be in, but if it's not, then I guess I can't be hooking up a PS3 to my laptop. I'd have to go with the usb blu ray external drive in the future.
     
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    Judicator Judged and found wanting.

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    The only machine I've heard of so far with an HDMI in is the upcoming Clevo X8100.
     
  7. KimoT

    KimoT Are we not men?

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    If you have eSATA, use that for an external BluRay.
     
  8. Krane

    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    I'm confused OP? What exactly was it you were expecting to do with the external player, record HD content? If so, you won't be able to do that since copy protection is built into that technology.

    In addition, your PS3 has a blu-ray player (and can be connected to your computer), so I'm not sure what that's all about either.
     
  9. roosta

    roosta Notebook Evangelist

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    i think he wants to use the laptop screen.

    theres 2 options, use a USB bluray player, (USB speeds are more than enough for bluray) or:
    use a TV input card in the express port. i know the input lag isnt great, but i dont think it affects the framerate. in addition, you would have to run the audio through the same connector, else the audio and video will be out of sync.

    tbh, for $200, get a 22 inch monitor or tv and hook both the PS3 and laptop to it. i have a 24 inch full HD monitor now (acer 243hx) and my girlfriend has a samsung 22 inch tv. she has PS3, i have bluray laptop. both work fantastically.
     
  10. hendra

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    I don't think that's advisable. First of all, there is HDMI content protection. Depending on the TV Card, he may or may not get the picture. Second of all, the picture quality WILL decrease and decrease substantially with a TV Card. For such a good quality picture like Blu-ray, the difference would be noticeable. The easiest solution, in my opinion, is by just buying an internal Blu-ray Drive. They are cheap now. And he can sell his old DVD Drive. Using an external drive is just too cumbersome and slightly more expensive since he has to buy an external casing too.
     
  11. Krane

    Krane Notebook Prophet

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    On the other hand, an external drive is significantly more durable and will net significantly faster writing time (12X vs 2X) results.
     
  12. Pitabred

    Pitabred Linux geek con rat flail!

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    Can't use USB2 for an external drive at 12X. Gotta use something faster like eSATA. USB2 will only feed up to about a 4 or 6x blu-ray write. Given those limitations, an internal SATA connected drive may well be faster.
     
  13. hendra

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    Not to mention that to get 12X drive, one has to buy a desktop blu-ray drive and use it as an external drive. It is bulky and requires an external power supply. If the OP just want to watch Blu-ray with his laptop, just buy an internal laptop drive and replace the old drive. I have 2x blu-ray drive and it's pretty fast. I don't notice any jerkiness.
     
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