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    Default pre-sales question about Vision HT 420D optical disk drive selection

    Dear forum-members (and hopefully ASRock staff?)

    I really would like to buy a Haswell Vision HT 420D ....

    However, despite the "product feature" website advertising "Entertainment -Experience the absolutely realistic Blu-ray 3D display", the product specification only lists a "DVD Super Multi" optical disk drive.

    And although among the older Ivy Bridge Vision-PCs there were (and are) versions with Bly Ray combo drives available, the new Haswell Visions only seem to come with DVD drives - and seem to not feature Blu Ray drives at all!

    Yet, I really would like to buy a Haswell Vision HT with a Blu Ray disk drive ...

    So, ASRock, please answer those question:

    - Why are there no Haswell Visions with Blu Ray disk drives available? Or when will they become available?

    - Or alternatively: are there any third party Blu Ray slot-in drives available that could be exchanged for the standard DVD drives in your Vision HT chassis? (Your closed-front chassis doesn't seem to be easily compatible with any slot-in disk drive that could be bought through normal distributors and which do require a squared front panel cutout.)

    And just as a feedback for the product portfolio decision makers: If I cannot get an internal Blu Ray drive to work with a Haswell Vision HT, then I will probably NOT buy an ASRock Vision system at all - although its specifications otherwise very much match the things I'm looking for: mobile Intel CPU, Toslink, eSata, and HDMI and DVI connectivity).

    Therefore I really would be grateful for any advice on how to circumvent this seemingly inappropriately contorted optical disk drive policy for the new Haswell Vision product range or how and when I will be ably to buy one with a Bluy Ray disk drive.

    best regards

    Christian

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    Default Re: pre-sales question about Vision HT 420D optical disk drive selection

    Vision HT Series (Haswell)

    Under "CPU Support List" is found the link "AVL" which is a pdf listing of known ODD's that fit.

    Code:
    ODD list
    Device Type---------ODD Vender Model--------------- F/W
    BD Combo------------Philips-Liteon PLDS/4ETS
    (Slot-in)-----------Philips-Liteon PLDS/DC-6E2SH
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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    Default Re: pre-sales question about Vision HT 420D optical disk drive selection

    Hi Wardog,

    thanks for your reply. Searching for "PLDS/DC-6E2SH" also showed me that this question was already asked in the forum before, but although I did searche before, it seemed to have skipped my search terms or I didn't notice it buried among all the other threads.

    So a special thanks for reposting your reply to my request as well again.

    I didn't specifically look for notebook replacement drives yet, but so your hint gave me a good idea for what to look now.

    Hence I will probably buy a vision HT anyway and try to replace it's DVD drive with a BD drive if I can get my hands on one.

    Btw: Asrock also replied with a private message, explaining that they currently just can't order the required amounts of BD drives on the market because of supply shortages and therefore can't offer a BD version right now.

    So I hope I nevertheless will still manage to get some compatible single BD drive somewhere on the (notebook spare parts) market.

    best wishes and thanks again!

    Christian

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