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Megaman
29-11-2004, 08:18 PM
Hi. It's my Birthday in 2 days, and to treat myself, I've decided to buy a CD Writer :D.

It needs to be under $200 (They are all aren't they?), preferebly around $100. I *could* go for an el cheepo model, but I don't want it to die in 4 months.

This is what I'm looking for.

Burn speed: Not really concerned, no less than 32x
Read speed: Preferebly 52x, again, no less then 32x
Re-Write speed: Not concerned
DVD playback: I have a PS2, and stand alone DVD player, so not a concern. If I need to, I'll upgrade later on. Would be nice though.
Other Features: Must have "Fast Error Block skipping", as I don't want Alcohol to take forever to burn... erm... backup a CD.
Interface: Internal
Child Proof: Definetly ;)

Is there any particular drive that springs to mind for anyone? Does anyone have the perfect drive that has all the above things? Remember, it has to be in a Christchurch store, as I'll pay in cash.

Thanks, MM :)

Exwesty
29-11-2004, 08:25 PM
Megaman

If you've got $200 to spend, why not go the whole hog and buy a DVD writer, you can buy a name brand (forget the Sony) for less than $200 including GST.

If you just want a CD writer, then they can be had for just over $50 these days.
The ASUS and AOPEN I have used before with no hassles, ok I had to replace the Asus when the auto insert led died but it still burnt.

Check out www.pricespy.co.nz for makes, models, prices and whose close to you.
Stay away from BTC

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
29-11-2004, 08:26 PM
I've just bought myself the Asus here (http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_3503.html). So far so good, nice speedy 'el cheapo'

As you will already know, the quality of Asus parts are amongst the top anywhere, so you shouldn't go wrong.

Available from Dragon Computer for $50incl GST.

Are you sure you don't mean you want a Dual Layer DVD Writer?

Murray P
29-11-2004, 08:34 PM
NEC ND 3500 dual layer DVD. 48 x CDRom, 32x CDR, 16x DVD, 2.4x DVD Rw

$179- check out Pricespy

Megaman
29-11-2004, 08:46 PM
the reason i don't want a dvd writer, is then i won't have any monies to spend on a decent ADSL router :o

anyway, 1 thing. the drive in question has a covering (http://edward.orcon.net.nz/case.jpg). So I'm going to need a drive that can handle this. Any ideas?

Exwesty
29-11-2004, 08:55 PM
I take it you took that photo with the flash off as it wasn't a flash photo. LOL

Hmmmm that case, it may be that you may have to consider going external, or a 5 1/4 external case and a drive popped into that.

Does that cover ring come off and are there two 5 1/4 bays underneath that? Maybe a blank cover to fill the slot?

Otherwise upgrade the case...... JJJJJ has a nice brand new HP pc going cheap that he doesn't seem to want anymore.

Megaman
29-11-2004, 09:02 PM
> I take it you took that photo with the flash off as
> it wasn't a flash photo. LOL

:D

> Hmmmm that case, it may be that you may have to
> consider going external, or a 5 1/4 external case and
> a drive popped into that.

USB 1.1 anyone? :(

> Does that cover ring come off and are there two 5 1/4
> bays underneath that? Maybe a blank cover to fill the
> slot?

haven't a clue. not allowed to take the cover off as i may blow somwthing up. again.

> Otherwise upgrade the case...... JJJJJ has a nice
> brand new HP pc going cheap that he doesn't seem to
> want anymore.

:D

one more thing, must be safe for use with linux (lycoris to be specific)

Jen C
29-11-2004, 09:07 PM
> one more thing, must be safe for use with linux
> (lycoris to be specific)

All CD drives are compatible with Linux, so you are pretty safe there.

the highlander
29-11-2004, 09:14 PM
Any standard cdrw/dvdrw should fit behind the "covering " There is no room for a second drive but since it is by the look of it , a 52 speed liteon it won't be a great loss. The eject button on the front is a simple extension that works on the eject button of the cd player in question.

Megaman
29-11-2004, 09:16 PM
ah, good :)

i saw an article a while back, about how mandrake linux 9.2 broke some cd drives, by sending screwy firmware...

Elephant
29-11-2004, 09:23 PM
You could try any of these for your $200 budget. All DVD writers and write CDs as well.

Asustek DRW-1604P 16x +R/16x -R & Double Layer DVD Writer Retail box White $162+GST ($182.25incl.)

Pioneer DVR-108 16x +/-R & Double layer DVD Writer White OEM $168+GST ($189incl.)

Pioneer DVR-108 16x +/-R & Double layer DVD Writer Black OEM $169+GST ($190.13incl.)

On the other hand if you only want a CD Writer then go for it.

Elephant
29-11-2004, 09:27 PM
Eeeerrrrkkkkkkkk.

Forgot to say that my prices came from PBTech in Hamilton. You may do better.

http://www.pbtechnz.com/

Elephant
29-11-2004, 09:28 PM
Checked again and they have a weekly special for $99.

No I don't own the company.

Elephant
29-11-2004, 09:35 PM
> Child Proof: Definetly ;)
>
> Is there any particular drive that springs to mind

Ummmmmmm. Is ANYTHING child proof? Most things aren't even Adult proof! :-)

Lock the CDs in a safe. Lock the door to where you have your computer.

Be VERY afraid.

Quite a few people try to make things IDIOT proof and have obviously failed. We breed better IDIOTS these days don't we.

Slim
29-11-2004, 09:45 PM
LiteOn 52x32x52 are $66.27 at Ascent Technology. For about $90 they can do with DVD reading also.
If you get this brand in ChCh. you will not go wrong. It comes bundled with Nero.

Greg S
30-11-2004, 12:00 AM
I got an LG GCC4521 recently which was very good value, and very happy with it.

Rob99
30-11-2004, 08:06 AM
Go to DragonPC dude, they have heaps of DVD/CD-RW for around $100, take your pick.

Or most of the DVD-RW are under $200

Megaman
01-12-2004, 04:45 PM
hi. i plan on getting this (http://global.aopen.com.tw/products/combo/COM5232AAHPRO.htm). Has anyone had any experience with it? any opinions? I'm getting it, cos it's cheapest ;)

Rob99
01-12-2004, 08:38 PM
Looks alright. How much. I've seen BTC for around $80inc.

george12
01-12-2004, 08:49 PM
Yeah, they're the ones I get. Never had a complaint about them, ever. Go for it mate.

Gosh, fast CD-RW too!! (40X). Most are 32.