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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by melly3110, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. melly3110

    melly3110 Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell computer and am looking for a CD Burner (relatively inexpensive mind you) that will burn cassette tapes to CD's and IF I could find one that would also burn LP's to CD's. I have quite an old collection of albums and would love to preserve them. Can anyone help me? I do not have a CLUE as to what I should be looking for. HELP!!! Melly3110
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Well, the CD-RW drive just has to write CD's to accomplish all of that. :) Of course, you'll need to have a way to get the audio into the system and to remove the pops and clicks in preparation for burning.

    I'd start looking at sites like www.morestuff4less.com and www.techbargains.com for a rebate deal on a CD-RW drive. I've purchased at least a dozen of them that way, the most I ever paid after rebate was $15-16. I've put them in every machine here, given several to friends, etc. :D
     
  3. melly3110

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    Thanks John! Do you have any ideas on how I could get the audio into my system? How DO you hook up a record player to a computer??? Or a casette player for that matter. I am going right now to the sights you suggested. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! Melly3110
     
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    Yes, just connect the audio device to the line-in jack on the soundcard. Then you need a software program to record the audio - the full versions on Easy CD Creator or Nero will do this.
     
  5. slipe

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    Best Buy has a MediaStor 52X drive for $15 after rebates. There are only a few people who make drives and most are fine. You might phone them and see what software it comes with – some come with the full Nero which is a good deal. Office Max has another rebadged 52X burner for $20 and I would pay the extra $5 for Nero if it happens to come with it.

    You will probably have to go to Radio Shack and get the right adapter to plug into your sound card. The RCA plug from the output of your turntable or cassette deck appears to fit but it doesn’t work.
     
  6. melly3110

    melly3110 Thread Starter

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    Thank you Slipe! Now I am REALLY going to show my ignorance . . what is a sound card? Remember I am a babe in the woods with this. E-mail and surfing are my current forte and level of expertise. Melly3110
     
  7. slipe

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    Your computer has either a sound card or it is built into the motherboard. In any case there are usually three small round connectors in the back of the computer and one is input. The connectors look as though they will take a standard RCA plug but they are plastic and usually colored. The adapter you get will have two connectors for the left and right channel of your deck and a single input for the sound card. If your computer can make sounds or play music it has a sound card.
     
  8. melly3110

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    It makes sounds! Thank you! Melly3110
     
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