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Old 06-11-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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Will this DVD burner work on my computer?


I am looking to buy a DVD burner for my computer. Most that I see burn at 16x require a Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or higher CPU. I am unsure if these will run on my computer.

During startup, I get a message stating that I have an AMD Duran 900 MHz processor. I guess that means that I do not have a processor with enough MHz. So what would be the consequences of having a 900 MHz processor instead of a 1.3 GHz processor? Would I not be able to watch DVDs? Would I have to burn at a much slower speed that the one advertised?

My specs surpass all of the other requirements for these burners.
 
Old 06-12-2006, 12:54 AM   #2
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Would I not be able to watch DVDs? Would I have to burn at a much slower speed that the one advertised?
You should have no problem watching DVDs, provided you have a program that can show you DVDs. The only thing to be concerned about is burning DVDs. Your AMD 900 MHz is about 2/3rds the speed of a P4 1.3 GHz, so if you burn at 8X instead of 16X your processor should be able to keep up.

However, there are other factors to consider, such as IDE/SCSI bus transfer rate. You probably want to find or create a very large file on your hard drive, and then copy that file to a dummy copy, again on your hard drive. From there, you want to compute the average transfer rate of your IDE/SCSI bus (i.e. (file's size)/(file copy time)), divide that number by 4 and then again by the MBs/sec that a DVD 1X is (I don't know the figure off hand). I suspect that what you get from that will be less than 8X. In any case, you want to use the lesser of the 2 numbers as your DVD burn speed. Also, you always want to create a disk image of the DVD that you want to burn first and then burn that to the DVD, to help avoid having your hard drive do a lot of head thrashing.
 
Old 06-12-2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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i recommend going to fry's electronics. use k3b. burn at 1x speed.
 
Old 06-12-2006, 11:21 PM   #4
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If you do go to frys electronics, you want to avoid frys regurgitated resale items. Frys is famous for taking back items that a customer has been able to use for 30 days and then selling them again as if they were brand new. You don;t want to buy such an item.
 
  


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