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#1 azyardies

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:58 PM

Hi, first I apologize for my dumb question, but I really dont know the answer.
I have a 6yr old HP laptop. It has a cd drive that plays and can record cds.
It plays DVDs (but is not the recording type for DVDs.

I am interested in transferring some of my movies from either my camcorder or VHS tapes onto
DVD standard discs for safe keeping and playback.
But can I do this on my laptop, knowin that I dont have a DVD burner?
Will simply downloading some software do the job?
Or Do I have to go buy either internal or external DVD player/recorder?

Please advise as I was looking at gadgets online such as the Dazzle, Easy cap, Roxio, for assisting in the trasfer.
But I havent seen it stated in their info that one requirement is to have a PC that burns dvd's.

Thanks in advance. Specs to follow:
Windows XP home edition, sp2. HP pavilion dv8000 laptop.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:02 PM

I would highly recommending updating to XP3, and then check for firmware upgrades to your DVD-ROM via http://www.hp.com

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:21 PM

Hi Cryptodan,
The reasons for not going to sp3 is because of the problems, so I read once, from doing this update on my particular HP laptop.
Though I cant remember offhand what I read, I think it had something to do with it messing up my pc in many ways.

One good thing is that the update is already in my task bar as a windows update ready to install.
I just am afraid to do so and cause problems that I may not be able to handle. I know my Orig post has nothing to do with sp3,
What do you all think of this update?

And how would the firmware upgrades for my dvd-rom help? I have tried to get support from HP on other issues, and they weren't helpful at all;
maybe because my PC was out of warranty/too old?

I recently needed a hinge and they wouldn't even assist me in getting the part number. Luckily I got the part already but had to do some
research first.
Thanks

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:41 PM

Updating the firmware can make it so that your dvd drive reads certain disks. Some disk drives have software limitations that inhibit them from reading certain media types like brands for burnable dvd's.

You can read up on how to install SP3 on your computer via HP's site. The support via hp.com is free.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:15 PM

It plays DVDs (but is not the recording type for DVDs.

I am interested in transferring some of my movies from either my camcorder or VHS tapes onto
DVD standard discs for safe keeping and playback.

If you want to burn data to a DVD disk, you need a DVD burner, either internal or external.
A drive that only reads media will not work.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:45 AM

Hi,
To transfer video you will need a capture device, Since you have a laptop it will have to be USB.
Then you need software to convert and author a DVD.
Then finally you need A DVD recorder (Burner) and Good Quality discs.

You might want to read this post of mine to another user.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic454345.html/page__view__findpost__p__2706157

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