does anyone know where to get a free internal dvd writer?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by trogdorwasaman, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. trogdorwasaman

    trogdorwasaman OSNN Junior Addict

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    i believe i have a cd writer only

    its called CyberDrv CWO78D CD-R/RW
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    You would have to purchase a DVD burner instead of a cd burner that you have right now.

    The good news is, after the cost of purchasing the DVD burner, it's free :cool:

    j/p :)

    But seriously.
     
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Free, no. Cheap, maybe.

    If you have a desktop computer a good DVD burner runs $26-30.

    If you have a laptop, life gets more expensive. Prices run from $60 and up. Or you can buy a desktop DVD burner and put it in a cheap USB adapter case and run it external to the laptop for between $40-50 ($26-30 for the burner + $15-20 for an external USB case).

    Check out newegg.com and possibly meritline for a cheap case.
     
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  5. trogdorwasaman

    trogdorwasaman OSNN Junior Addict

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    can somehow upgrade my current one?
     
  6. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    No.. a CD Burner is not the same as a DVD burner - your "upgrade" would require ripping out the laser, the motor, and the control board and replacing them.. in which case, you'd be buying a DVD burner to get the correct parts anyway.
     
  7. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Correct, you'd need to buy a new drive amigo. There are certain pieces needed that you can't just enable. I have heard of certain drives that you can speed up using firmware, but I haven't heard of any that are able to burn dvd's with a firmware upgrade.

    You will need to buy and they are pretty cheap these days.
     
  8. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    they are two different lasers.... by now you surely have got the picture that you need to buy a dvd burner.

    just like a cd stereo player is not a dvd video player or that a car is not a boat, and that bush is really a monkey and most unlike a man.
     
  9. trogdorwasaman

    trogdorwasaman OSNN Junior Addict

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    i liked this little analogy



    thanks everyone this really helped
    i never knew the lasers were diff
     
  10. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    its the same situation again with HD-DVD or Blu-ray
     
  11. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    glad to help.... btw this is all tongue-in-check, welcome to osnn.