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Can I use an old BD drive from my laptop as an external?

by ashbaug2 / September 11, 2013 12:47 PM PDT

I have an old Sony Vaio VGN-FW290 that had a Matshita BD-MLT UJ230A BluRay BD-RW drive in it. That Sony laptop recently died on me, and I am looking at using that BD player as an external (like using the SDD as an external backup drive). I bought the enclosure for it and plugged it into my wife's computer, where it went through the usual download of drivers (her computer is a Dell).

After the drivers fully downloaded, it recognized the drive as an external BD player. I put in a bluray disk to try it out, and it would not play. I put in a regular DVD and it played fine.

I tried downloading the driver from the Sony site for the specific BD optical drive, but I received an error message stating that the drive was not built for the current system.

I am assuming there should be a driver or program out there to support this issue. Does anyone know?

I am running Windows 7 on a Dell Lattitude E6510. Thanks.

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One more thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2013 1:04 PM PDT

BD Play requires more software. Right or wrong BD video play is currently locked down so get some software and it should play. It's not a driver issue.

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And read this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2013 1:13 PM PDT
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BR drivers
by mjd420nova / September 11, 2013 1:06 PM PDT

Some of the hardware I've run across, mostly older LT's, have a special BIOS built into them to support the player. Thus unless you have their driver, which may have to be adjusted to work on the new hardware, the BR function will not be enabled.

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