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Finding a DVD writer drive compatible to my computer


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#1 Calum

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 03:31 PM

I had to replace my internal DVD writer drive because it simply didn't work anymore, but the drive that has been put into my computer in it's place is only a standard DVD drive that doesn't record/write. My DVD burning software doesn't recognise the drive. To buy a drive that writes, does it have to be the same make as my computer or can it be any make of drive as in the link here?...

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I have a Compaq Presario SR1519UK computer that runs on Windows XP. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:59 PM

Any drive will do.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 05:14 PM

Thanks for your reply, Broni. I was worried a drive by a different manufacturer from my computer would be incompatible.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 05:17 PM

That won't be a problem.
All those drives for desktops have standard sizes and they'll work with any desktop computer.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:04 PM

I don't have any knowledge of processors, but I wanted to know whether this would be compatible.

My computer has an AMD Athlon 64 processor, but the DVD drive I want to buy has system requirements of "Pentium® III 1.0Ghz or faster (or equivalent) - Pentium® 4 2.0Ghz or faster (or equivalent)."

Can this DVD drive be used in my computer?

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:11 PM

Yes. According to your computer specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00433467&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=uk&dlc=en&lc=en&product=1101432 you have Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0 GHz

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:35 PM

In System Properties, after 3200+ it is 994 MHz. Yet in System Information, it is 1989 MHz. But you're right, in your link, it is 2.00 GHz. Whether this has anything to do with it, I did increase the memory from 512MB to 1.12GB. It's just strange System Properties is 994 MHz rather than 2.00 GHz.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:38 PM

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:39 PM

Thanks for your help again. It is much appreciated.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:46 PM

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