Summary: I have been struggling for the last two days to make this thing work. With the recommended ATA Radeon 2400 video card, a new 650 watt Corsair power supply and this Blue Ray "player," I have finally achieved about 4 frames per minute. Wow. I am underwhelmed. The software that came with it is like working your way through an extremely complex, intricate Rat's maze of baffling ideosyncracies.
Summary: I ordered this device for a recent machine I built for forensic work for software that must be run on Windows 32bit. Vista did not install properly directly, I believe the issue related to the firmware issue. After installing windows XP 32 bit professional updating the firmware I was able to stabilize the device. Prior to the upgrade to the firmware/driver protection fault errors made the system unstable.
Summary: I bought this because of the price. And I paid it in other ways. An exercise in dealing with frustration. Even though this device doesn't come with drivers for XP (and they are not available), it does install on that OS and in the process messes up the OS. Nasty software. I also attempted to install the reader/player in a Vista machine. I was never able to get it to operate, but at least Vista will read the HD-DVD's. Again, nasty software. Can I rate it 1/4 star???
No support for WinDVD8, Corel states no Vista 64-bit supported WinDVD products
24 March 2009
Summary: Lack of support for product from both Pioneer and Corel. Corel persistently states no support for OEM'ed product that comes with Pioneers DVD player. Installed WinDVD on Vista64-bit, will not playback in full screen. Corel states WinDVD8 or 9 are not supported on Vista 64-bit. Pioneer product documentation for this player only states support for Vista. Corel's website does not state details about Vista 32-bit or 64-bit support.
Summary: Drive was easy enough to install, no drivers required. Vista Ultimate SP1 recognized it as a BD-Rom drive. You will need a SATA cable as there isn't one included. Bundled software (WinDVD 8) only lets me play a movie in half-screen size. I tried and tried to get it to go full screen to no avail. Had to purchase PowerDVD Ultra. Worked like a charm playing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull blu-ray. No issues at all. My AMD X2 5400+ ran between 20-30% load.
Summary: Blu-Ray playback on the PC is not yet mature. Before you burn your hard-earned cash on this product, make sure you meet ALL of the hardware requirements. And even if you do, like myself, it still may not work!! The software that comes with this product, WinDVD 8 LE is at best still-born. It will work on one of my older PCs, but incredibly not on my fastest machine. It will not even load on my Q6600 Asus P5Q Pro 3GB RAM setup. Go figure.
Summary: I have had trouble with this player recognizing region 1 disks (2 so far). It is set up correctly but it just will not play a couple discs, claiming that they are the wrong region. The disks play fine in my PS3 Blu-ray player so it seems to be a problem with the Pioneer, or it's drivers. Other than that, it works fine with all other formats (DVD, CD).
Summary: The product itself is a solid dvd / blu-ray player. No complaints. On Vista home premium however it didn't play movies out of the box. Corel Windvd demo didn't work... Cyberlink free demo didn't include Bluray playback. I needed to first buy ($99) Cyberlink PowerDvd Ultra.
Summary: First the negatives: -No SATA cable included. This is a retail boxed product, not an OEM stripper special. It should include a SATA cable. -It spins really fast by default to read CD's. It will eventually slow down, but there's no reason to spin at 48X to listen to a music CD. -Rips DVD's very slowly. 5X is the best I could get. I'll have to experiment more with this. The positives: -Reads my Bluray discs just fine. No problems with my limited tests. -Overall very quiet.