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vk_dre
21-08-2002, 06:04 PM
i have decided to get a new dvd rom drive from Dick SMith Electronics, i am going to buy the ASUS model and it is ide, which has the following properties:
-16x read dvd
-fast DMA 100 interface
-DVD playback software
-Double Dynamic Suspension System
-Multi format support

know the whole package is $198, is this a good deal + i already have two drives, one is a normal cd reader & the other is an LG 8080B cdrw drive, they are both ide and i know which one is slave and which one is primary, i have one more port open for a drive, now if i install the dvd drive will there be conflict between the existing drives and will the new dvd drive become the secondary slave?

cheers,
v.K------------- :D

robo
21-08-2002, 06:18 PM
I remember something about some IDE's now supporting four. But can't you slave it on the cable for your hard disk? That should be spare.
robo.

antmannz
21-08-2002, 06:53 PM
Why don't you just replace the standard cd with the dvd?

glenn
21-08-2002, 07:22 PM
i agree. just replace your cd-rom drive.

check out these guys. they have the drive for $135 including GST:

http://www.tastech.co.nz/

g

Mike
21-08-2002, 07:23 PM
> i have decided to get a new dvd rom drive from Dick
> SMith Electronics, i am going to buy the ASUS model
> and it is ide, which has the following properties:
> -16x read dvd
> -fast DMA 100 interface
> -DVD playback software
> -Double Dynamic Suspension System
> -Multi format support
>
> know the whole package is $198, is this a good deal +

It's on the high side of things as far as DVD drives go - but it is Dick Smith, so you expect to pay a bit more. You should be able to get a 16x for around $150-160 (I think I've seen them as low as $140).

> i already have two drives, one is a normal cd reader
> & the other is an LG 8080B cdrw drive, they are both
> ide and i know which one is slave and which one is
> primary, i have one more port open for a drive, now
> if i install the dvd drive will there be conflict
> between the existing drives and will the new dvd
> drive become the secondary slave?

Remove the old CD reader and plug in the DVD as it does both.

Mike.

robo
21-08-2002, 07:23 PM
But you wouldn't want to wear out a DVD playing CDs for games like AOE and Diablo that access the CD the whole time. I wore out a couple of CD Writers like that.
robo.

Mike
21-08-2002, 07:32 PM
> But you wouldn't want to wear out a DVD playing CDs
> for games like AOE and Diablo that access the CD the
> whole time. I wore out a couple of CD Writers like
> that.
> robo.

yeah, a "CD Writer"... a DVD Reader and a CD Reader are basically the me thing, except one can also read DVDs. A DVD drive is just as reliable as a CD Rom drive, they don't wear out nearly as fast as CD Writers do.

Mike.

vk_dre
21-08-2002, 09:01 PM
thanks to everyone who replied, if i do remove the cdrom drive do i sell it has second hand or keep it for future generations to marvel at ancient technology?

cheers,
v.K----------- :D

-=JM=-
21-08-2002, 11:00 PM
That ASUS drive also has a very handy built in region hack