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adding a dvd player, which one to buy ??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by skooterbum, Nov 6, 2011.

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  1. skooterbum

    skooterbum Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1.70GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 2039 Mb
    Graphics Card: S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR, 8 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 19061 MB, Free - 6949 MB;
    Motherboard: ECS, P4VMM2
    Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled


    like my title says, i'm wanting to add a dvd player to my PC.

    i don't think that i will need to burn any dvd's.

    i have a cd-rw that works ok. other than the tray won't open if it is empty ??

    with the devices that are available today, would i be better off buying a combo unit, that plays and burns dvd's, and cd's both, and eliminate the cd player that i have ??

    or should i just look for a plain dvd player ??

    also, what is a reliable / respectable brand to buy ??



    ron
     
  2. Snagglegaster

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    Doesn't much matter, I'd say. From your system specs, I expect you need an IDE/PATA drive, so any of these drives would be perfectly adequate. Honestly I would say the cheapest LG on the list is just fine for your needs. Since XP doesn't include built-in DVD playback support, you will need a player like the excellent, free, VLC Media Player. Buying a read only drive as opposed to a burner would only save $5 or so. For $5 I'd like to keep the burning option. DVD burners will also handle burning CD's just fine, so I'd suggest dumping the old drive.
     
  3. skooterbum

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    fantastic !! thanks for taking the time to respond, and offer your suggestions !!

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