Answer: When using a USB 3.0 port, only the main connector is needed. The small secondary cable is not needed. When using a USB 2.0 port, both connectors might be needed as some computers output less power than others through the USB ports. On some PCs, one USB cable is enough, but to be safe and to avoid write errors, connecting both USB cables is highly recommended. If using only one USB connector, the main USB connector must be used, not the secondary connector (short cable) that is attached to the main connector.
Answer: There is a lever on the bottom of the drive. Moving the lever back will cause the cover to open even when there is no power applied to the drive.
Answer: The BDR-XD05 must be connected directly to the computer with its USB connectors when installing the CyberLink software. Please ensure the BDR-XD05 is connected and recognized by the operating system and then restart the software installation.
Answer: To watch Blu-ray titles, you need to read the Blu-ray Disc at 1x. To watch Blu-ray 3D titles, you need to read the disc at 2x. Connection by USB 2.0 can allow reading of Blu-ray Discs up to 6x, so USB 2.0 is more than enough in most operating environments. Of course with USB 3.0, its even more than enough.
Answer: BDXL discs can only be read on BDXL drives.
Answer: The BDR-XD05 will work with newer software in a Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environment. In a limited way, it will even work with Mac OS X software. However, as with all current Blu-ray drives, it will not work with playback software that does not support Bus Encryption. Bus Encryption was implemented into playback software in 2011.
Answer: The drive can operate in a Mac OS X environment (Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8). In a Mac OS environment, use Finder to read and write to Blu-ray, DVD and CD media. Use DVD Player to play back DVD movies. Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included). Note that the bundled CyberLink software does not work in the Mac OS X environment.
Answer: No, the drive should only be used in a horizontal (lying down) orientation.
Answer: PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XD05 Drive Utility. This utility is available for download on this website.
Answer: Ensure that the drive is connected and recognized by the computer before starting the utility. Ensure that the correct utility (BDR-XD05) is used. Connect the drive to the PC and restart the BDR-XD05 utility.
Answer: If the USB hub is powered (AC adapter), the BDR-XD05 may work, however the drive’s read and write speed may be reduced. The BDR-XD05 will not work if the USB hub is not powered.
Answer: From January 1, 2012, all playback software is required to disable analog outputs from the PC for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the PC using a digital DVI (DVI-D), HDMI, or DisplayPort cable. The best way to know if a display supports HDCP is if it has HDMI inputs. The next best way is to look at the display's user manual. When playing non-copy-protected high definition video (such as home videos), or copy protected DVDs, the computer’s analog outputs are enabled and non-HDCP display systems will work. Note: This limitation is not applicable to notebook computers with built-in displays, only when using external monitors.
1Note: Triple and quad layer BDXL discs can only be used in BDXL drives.
26x BD-R and BD-R DL write speed achieved using certain media and only with the Pioneer USB driver installed (downloaded from the Firmware & Software tab).
3PowerRead is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments.
4PureRead2+ is not guaranteed to work with all disc conditions or under all PC environments .
5HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) display device is required only for playback of high-definition copy protected content (for example, a Hollywood Blu-ray title). For such content, the connection between the PC and the display device must be made using a digital DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort cable.
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