Monday, March 30, 2015

Just enough parts to run the HTPC

Archgon BluRay drive

So I've ordered a Archgon BluRay drive a last week and it arrived. I now have enough to actually run my HTPC build although it'll be limited to optical media playback for now. The storage drives will come later.

Unfortunately, I've hit a snag. OpenELEC detects a DVD inserted into the drive but selecting play disc doesn't do anything. Attempting to play the VOB files manually only worked for what looks like a advertisement video on the disc but the actual content I'm trying to watch doesn't play. I suspect it's a DRM thing and I'll need to install something extra.

So, I'm stuck with a non-working HTPC for the time being pending figuring out how to "fix" this little problem.

Here's a photo of OpenELEC 5.0.5 running. That small black box you see on the left is the HTPC.

OpenELEC 5.0.5 in action...

I'm not the only one having these issues, it seems. Others have had similar problems for a while now. I just hope a simple update to the latest version can at least reduce the problems to a more bearable level.