Problems with blue ray on Sony AR21S

Gadjet

Active Member
Hi,

Watching blue ray films there was a sound and picture delay all through films, updated intervideo BD with ones that were available. But still same problem.
So I deleted Intervideo BD to start again, but now I cant find it on back up folders on D: drive. Does anyone know how I could replace it? Or will I need to purchase one from internet now I deleted it without checking first(typical me)

Help much appreciated
Phill
 

Inked

Distinguished Member
If you are running XP then you should be able to download it under "other" here, If you are running Vista then I'm not sure as there is not a vista version to download from Sony support yet. (I ended up using Power DVD instead)
 

nehalem

Active Member
Its stored as part of the XP image. So easiest way is simply to backup your data to the D: partition and then run a standard recovery (VAIO recovery wizard from programme files) which wipes C: and re-installs eveything, so will re-install WINDVD BD.

The link in the previous posting is an upgrade patch AFAIK and not the full version.

Sony used to offer an individual application installation tool, but not sure thats an option on later models.
 

Gadjet

Active Member
Cheers Nehalem and Inked,

Can I ask inked why you used power DVD instead and is it any better than Intervideo?
PS It is a update download and need full version first. Looks like I willhave to reload c drive from scratch unless another make is a lot better

Thank you
 

Inked

Distinguished Member
My Vaio came with XP as standard but was sent free Vista upgrade direct from Sony, unfortunately Sony have so far not supplied a new version of WinDVDBD for vista. (although I beleive it comes as standard on the replacement model AR31S)

As the Blu-ray function was the main reason I purchased the laptop, I decided to use power dvd until a sony version of windvd-bd is available
 

nehalem

Active Member
The VAIO/Vista version of WinDVD BD is something like 500mb as far as i know. its unbelievably big!

I've only used the Intervideo software, but my understanding is they are both much of a muchness really, no major differences and if it saves you £xx.xx by not having to buy duplicated software then makes sense doing a rebuild.
 

selwyn

Active Member
I Have a AR31S and If you get Power DVD Ultra 7.3 £55 online, from cyber link plug in a X Box 360 HD drive via USB 2, Vista (and XP on another computer tried) will ask if you want to down load the driver for the X Box drive (Toshiba By the Way) & Hi Presto you can play Blueray & HD DVD you can even have Discs loaded in both drives and just swap between them using power dvd screen, play back is better than Win BD DVD as well, and the Sony remote works on most functions.

There is a slight stutter at the beginning of the menu load as it sort out the HDCP check with the TV thru the HDMI, it show HD DVD has less grain than HD DVD and Blue ray still has this pannig judder problem that is on all european players it seems, there is a info popup you can use and it tells you what coding is used for picture & sound Casino Royale is MPEG 2 what a disapointment & the Dolby Digital track is Normal DVD standard of 448kbs, with HD DVD you get 3 times that.

Selwyn
 

kev777

Standard Member
I Have a AR31S and If you get Power DVD Ultra 7.3 £55 online, from cyber link plug in a X Box 360 HD drive via USB 2, Vista (and XP on another computer tried) will ask if you want to down load the driver for the X Box drive (Toshiba By the Way) & Hi Presto you can play Blueray & HD DVD you can even have Discs loaded in both drives and just swap between them using power dvd screen, play back is better than Win BD DVD as well, and the Sony remote works on most functions.

There is a slight stutter at the beginning of the menu load as it sort out the HDCP check with the TV thru the HDMI, it show HD DVD has less grain than HD DVD and Blue ray still has this pannig judder problem that is on all european players it seems, there is a info popup you can use and it tells you what coding is used for picture & sound Casino Royale is MPEG 2 what a disapointment & the Dolby Digital track is Normal DVD standard of 448kbs, with HD DVD you get 3 times that.

Selwyn

I second that. On my 21S I upgraded the drivers to version 97.73 and downloaded Power Dvd from the net and performance was much better than windvd bd, jerkiness practically gone even on casino royale. Just wondering what the best way will be to get the best possible picture from the notebook??
 

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