Originally Posted by robertkjr3d
I'm still having technical issues with PowerDVD-10... and still going back and forth with their tech support. This is playing regular DVDs.
Not sure what problems you're having, or why... the copy that came with my drive works, I just don't like it. DVD's can be played using VLC without any other software. What did you use before you got the bluray drive?
Ok I got my first Blu-Ray 'Armageddon'... and yes nothing but problems. 1st issue: The Blu-Ray according to Cyberlink does not allow using the VGA wire. It says I have to HDMI. My monitor and bi-connected HDTV is in-fact HD (1080P), but it doesn't care.
I believe the issue here is that VGA, which is an analog signal, doesn't work properly with the Image Constraint Token (ICT) flag on some blurays. I've read that AnyDVD HD will bypass this, Power DVD apparently doesn't. You would need to connect using HDMI or I believe DVI would also work. VGA isn't really meant for HD content like blurays.
So 1st I tried DVDFab Media player. That didn't work for me. I had problems with that. Than I uninstalled it. Even after I uninstalled it, it didn't completely remove everything. So I had to go into the registry and get rid of some things. Then I found in the 'uninstall menu' that there was some hidden junk it put... so I don't recommend that to anyone.
DVDFab has multiple products, what I mentioned before was DVDFab Passkey Lite, which is similar to AnyDVD HD and doesn't include a player of it's own. I looked up the DVDFab Media Player and the free version doesn't support playing dvd or bluray from disc, only ISO files and other video files. So that's why it didn't work, nor would I recommend using it.
Then I went for 'AnyDVD HD'. I got that to work with VLC Media Player. However as was stated above, I couldn't get to the menu or the extra features. My PowerDVD10 is still hosed, and might run after I get it working. I downloaded and installed 'Potplayer', and that also did not show the Menu. I could browse the BD, and find different files to play, and one of them was a menu like entry. But it was not clickable. I'm already in-for $79 in the AnyDVD HD.
Using AnyDVD HD to break the protection will allow you to play the movie in media players like VLC, but those players don't support menus for bluray. However you should still be able to access the other content (trailers, special features) manually... In VLC>> right-click menu>>Playback>>Title>>Select Title. Look at the duration for clues to what the content is, few minute ones are the trailers, longer ones being the special features.
The only solutions I know of that support full menus are Cyberlink's PowerDVD or Arcsoft's Total Media Theater (TMT).
Sorry I don't know how to help with PowerDVD, not sure what's going on with it. Sometimes the version that comes with drives are truncated versions, that might be part of the problem.