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12-13-2009

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Playing Blu-ray media

2010-10-28, 16:21 PM

Having just performed a clean install of Windows 7, I'm in need of the Win DVD and Corel DVD to make my blu-ray player work.  The Lenovo support website won't let me do that because I don't have the old versions already installed.  How do I overcome this problem?

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07-30-2009

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Re: Playing Blu-ray media

2010-10-29, 22:30 PM

Depending on what W5xx series and preloaded OS you originally had, there would have been a DVD player in c:\SWTOOLS. After installing that you should be able to use one of the upgrade versions. That would not be PowerDVD Ultra Deluxe Mark II or 3D Mark II though, but an older version, so I'd actually recommend upgrading to the retail product anyway.

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10-26-2008

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Re: Playing Blu-ray media

2010-10-29, 22:45 PM

My understanding is that, from your original Lenovo system installation, you'll need to get this folder:

C:\SWTOOLS\Apps\bdplay

and also perhaps this folder:

C:\SWTOOLS\Apps\bdauth

Put them on the system drive under the new installation, then run:

C:\SWTOOLS\Apps\bdplay\setup.exe

Or you can instead just buy a better program to play Blu-ray discs, such as Cyberlink PowerDVD, and bypass this whole WinDVD problem altogether. (A version of PowerDVD is available that provides "some" 3D capabilities, although you'll need an external display capable of the higher refresh rates used for 3D.) One other drawback of your copy of WinDVD is that hackers like to crack the keys used for encryption of Blu-ray video discs, at which point newly-released discs begin using new keys. Thus, to play new discs, you have to wait for Lenovo to relay a software update from Corel to update those keys.

 

Good luck!

 

P.S. - Wditters and I posted responses at the same time -- to my knowledge, Lenovo distributed WinDVD and not PowerDVD with all of the Blu-ray equipped ThinkPads. At least, my Blu-ray equipped W700 came with WinDVD. The two are different programs from competing companies.

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