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Best Approach for a DVD drive on older PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pc tinkerer, Oct 25, 2007.

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  1. pc tinkerer

    pc tinkerer Thread Starter

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    I am running XP Pro on a Dell Dimension XPS T500. I would like to be able to play Dvd's on this pc. I tried to install a new Philips dvd-rw with Nero7 software but it ran too slow. Is there a better approach to doing this or am I trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Square peg in a round hole, maybe.

    What is the type of the processor?

    What is the speed of the processor?

    How much RAM?

    What type of RAM?

    Speed of RAM?
     
  3. pc tinkerer

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    my processor is a pentium III speed: 500 mhz
    Ram is Sdram with speed 133 mhz
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    Sorry, your system doesn't even come close to meeting the minimum requirements.
    http://www.nero.com/enu/support-nero7-system-requirements.html

    That's for the software. Here are the system requirements for a typical DVD burner (what's listed on the DVD drive's box):
    • Pentium 4 1.3Ghz
    • 128MB RAM
    • 650 MB Hard Free Space Disk Space for installation of burner software
    • 5GB free space for creating DVD image file
    • 9GB for creating DVD-DL image file
    • 20ms or faster hard disk access time
    On the up-side, you can burn CDs.
     
  5. pc tinkerer

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    I've heard from friends that the older pc's used internal dvd decoder cards. What do you think about that?
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    I remember that, now that you mention it; but, I didn't run into much of it before it seemed that all the computers I was working on didn't need any additional hardware.
     
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