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Postby Lenonn on Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:43 am

This past weekend I tried to install Windows Vista on my parent's PC. Unfortunately, the disc would not read - I tried the disc on other systems in the house, and they all read it fine. This seems to indicate the the DVD-ROM drive installed doesn't like the disc. The DVD-ROM is a five-year old Pioneer DVD-500M.

This means it time for a new drive. While I'm at it, I might as well upgrade my folks to a burner. I see the new drives use SATA, but I don't think their system has that capability, nor do I want to go screwing around with that at this point. Ideally, I'd just like to remove the old ATAPI/IDE drive, and stick a new one in it's place. My own system has a Benq DQ60, which has served me quite well.

I don't necessarily think my parents need Lightscribe (a nice feature, but they could probably live without it) , but I'd like to get them a drive that is quiet, but reads fast. Also one that supports the most possible DVD-formats. Any recommendations? Let me thank everyone ahead of time for your ideas.
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Postby Ian on Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:57 am

It sounds like your parents don't need the latest and greatest but if you want to go that route, you can't go wrong with the Pioneer DVR-112 or one of Samsung's new 20x DVD writers.

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Postby Lenonn on Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:07 pm

Thank you, again, for the recommendations. I'll take a look at the DVR-112.
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