Blu-ray is a high capacity optical disc for storing and playing back high definition (HD) videos; it is important to install the Blu-ray burner properly in your computer to make the most of this technology. The technology was jointly developed by Blu-ray Disc Association (a consortium of computer and electronic equipment manufacturers); companies such as Sony, Apple, and LG are part of this association. The name Blu-ray stems from the fact that a narrow blue-violet laser is used to read and write data on Blu-ray discs, which is red in the case of conventional discs (DVDs and CDs).
Blu-ray discs have massive storage capacities. Conventional optical discs can store up to 10 GB of data; Blu-ray discs, on the other hand, can store data upto a range of 25 to 50 GB. This is almost five times that of a double-layered DVD. The video quality of Blu-ray discs is unparalleled; if you want to install a Blu-ray burner on your computer, the following information will definitely come handy.
Prerequisites for Installing Blu-ray Burner
For properly installing the Blu-ray burner, you will have to carry out some preliminary changes in hardware and software of your computer before proceeding with installation of this newest technology in entertainment:
Optical Drive: Make sure that your optical drive slot can be fitted with Blu-ray disc drive, particularly if you posses a laptop. ROM drives of Blu-ray can only read Blu-ray discs; therefore, opt for Blu-ray Disc Recordable (BD-R) or Blu-ray Disc Rewriteable (BD-RE) drive.
Processor: Blu-ray discs produce very high quality images, which requires significant amount of processing power. Dual core processors by Intel or AMD are best suited for this purpose.
Graphics Card: The choice of graphic card is significant in obtaining the best image quality. Your computers graphic card should have at least 256 MB of dedicated video RAM. If these specifications are not met, videos produced by Blu-ray discs will not be of best quality. ATI Radeon HD 3450 is one of the best choices for burning and playing Blu-ray discs.
Operation System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Safari are the only capable operating systems for writing data and videos to BD-Rs (BD writeable discs) and BD-REs (BD rewriteable discs) and for playing Blu-ray disc movies. Make sure that your computers are installed with either of them.
- Determine beforehand what hardware components need to be replaced. Accordingly make a purchase and get ready to install the burner.
- Make sure that your display device can handle the HD resolution for displaying Blu-ray movies. For getting Blu-ray movies on your display device, set your display resolutions to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.
- If you are replacing the video graphics card, open the cover of CPU and find the PCI slot where the existing graphics card is placed. Gently remove the card and replace it with new one. Do not forget to attach the power supply cable of card to the respective power points.
- Restart the system and install the drivers of newly installed video graphics card. Before you physically install the burner, install the drivers of this burner. This process is completely automated, and it can be initiated by inserting the driver disc in the existing optical drive.
- After the drivers are installed, again shut down the computer, place the Blu-ray burner in its bay. Attach the power supply cable to the burner. You also need to insert the burner cable into the SATA port. Attach the other end of this cable to the burner and replace the CPU cover.
Now, your computer is ready for burning Blu-ray discs.