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cd-rw drives on slower pentium II's

Postby mkb12 on Thu Mar 06, 2003 10:37 pm

I have an old compaq deskpro 233mhz pentium II computer and I am considering buying a 16x cd-rw drive, but I am concerned that my computer is too old and it wont burn the CD's correctly. Can anybody give me some advice?
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Postby BuddhaTB on Thu Mar 06, 2003 10:53 pm

I should work fine. Just make sure your system has atleast 128MB of RAM and the CD-RW drive uses some type of buffer-underrun protection scheme.
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The drive is a teac 16x

Postby mkb12 on Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:01 pm

the only thing is the requirements for the drive was 300mhz since I only have 233 i was thinkin it would not work at all, even at a low speed like 8 or 4x.???
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Postby BuddhaTB on Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:35 pm

Brand and model number?
I personally would give it a try. If it doesn't work out for you, just return it back.
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Model #

Postby mkb12 on Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:41 pm

I dont know the model # because I the drive is still in the mail, but it is a teac 16x10x30x
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Postby blakerwry on Sun Mar 09, 2003 4:08 pm

The system requirements for ATA and ATAPI drives are crap.. really...

You ahvea pentium II processor, so you probably have a 440BX or FX chipset... so your computer can handle DMA and UDMA mode 2 operation... this is the max speed for most CD drives... so therefore, i think you could probably even go upto a 32 or 40x burner and be fine as long as you aren't doing anything "on the fly".

It's the "on the fly" operations (performing multiple things simultaneoulsy) that require a faster CPU... examples of "on the fly" would be converting MP3's to CDDA and burning the disk simultaneoulsy... or... reading the contents of one CD and simultaneoulsy burning it to another CD...

Even with a Pentium II you might not have a problem with these things... if you notice a problem then you can always bump the speed down to 4 or 8x...

No matter what, i would get a faster/newer drive... it will almost certainly work better than an older/slower drive despite your system specs. This is mainly due to BURN Proof and other tecniques to ensure successful burns.
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Postby Dartman on Sun Mar 09, 2003 4:54 pm

I ran a 12x on a Pentium 133 I think it was with 64 meg under windows 3.1 and it worked just fine, no burnproof either. It was a SCSI drive though. In the old days that was the way to go, let the controler do the work.
My first was a 4260 yamaha and it was on a 486 dx120 for a while and it worked well also.
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thanks everyone

Postby mkb12 on Sun Mar 09, 2003 8:00 pm

ty
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