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  1. 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:
     
  2. flavallee

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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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    While you are in there, you may want to consider upgrading to 1GB of ram. It may not cost much and would likely result in a significant performance boost.
    go to this link and click ''scan my system'' to see what memory is compatible:

    http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx
     
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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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    IDE CD/DVD burners are indeed getting hard to find.

    That's why I keep a few spares in my parts box for working on older desktops.

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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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    C-Media I believe is one that comes to mind.

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  10. PE_Mac

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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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