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PE_Mac

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I'm trying to help a friend who has an older computer that needs a new CD-RW drive. The one that it came with is CD-RW 12X8X32. This is an old HP Pavilion XT938 running XP with Athlon 1.3 GHz/200 processor and 128 MB of RAM.

My question is, what information does he need to look for, for a replacement drive that will work, or will any CD-RW work?

Thank you for any help.

Peg:confused:
 

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Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion XT938 desktop.

According to the motherboard specs, the CD-RW drive is that desktop has an IDE ribbon connection and not a SATA cable connection, so make sure you replace it with a model with the same type connection.

You might also consider replacing it with a DVD(+/-)R/RW drive instead of a CD-RW drive.

This will allow that desktop to read and burn both CD's and DVD's.

A CD-RW drive will read both CD's and DVD's, but it will only burn CD's.

Once the drive is installed and the computer restarted, the new drive should automatically be detected.

Note: Some drives come with a software CD, but there's no need to install anything from it.

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The motherboard in the HP Pavilion XT938 has 2 slots and supports a maximum of 1024 MB of RAM.

It uses 168-pin, PC133, CL=3, 3.3 volt, unbuffered, non-parity modules.

You need to install at least a 256 MB module in each slot if you don't want that desktop to have the performance of a snail.

Unfortunately, PC133 modules are no longer cheap.

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/HP+-+Compaq-memory/Pavilion+XT+Series/Pavilion+XT938-upgrades.html

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I have a Sony DDU1615 IDE unit that is read-only, been sitting an a drawer for an unknown number of years. You are welcome to it if you want it.
 

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There are at least 5 sitting in the parts closet. I think I even have one as slow as a 16X speed.

Anyone remember the REALLY old cd drives that ran off of the sound card?
 

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There are at least 5 sitting in the parts closet. I think I even have one as slow as a 16X speed.

Anyone remember the REALLY old cd drives that ran off of the sound card?
C-Media I believe is one that comes to mind.

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Thanks so much for all the info. I actually have a CD-RW drive with an IDE ribbon connection in an old Gateway that I kept just for parts. The CD-RW was seldom used. It also has some RAM that I will check out. Who knows? Just might work.

Again, thanks for the help.
Peg
 
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