advice buying a dvd writer, which one?

  athenrye 17:54 14 Dec 2005

ive got a dvd player buts on the blink i think...
id like a dvd writer, is it simply a case of swapping both over?

then which one should i buy? id like to spend no more than £40, i saw a samsung SH-W162 for £30
any good? reviews were mixed.....


  stalion 17:58 14 Dec 2005

just bought one of these excellent on sale at pc world £39.95
click here

  firerescue999 18:45 14 Dec 2005

click here have a good range of cheap DVD writers. I have the NEC ND-4550 at a cost of £31.29 plus postage. This is a great writer which will burn + and - and dual layer and DVD RAM. Hope this helps.

click here

  Skills 18:53 14 Dec 2005

I have the LG 4163B which I see has been replaced with the 4167B which adds - dual layer support to the drive. My one really has served me well its only refused 2 blanks in the months that ive had it which were both rewritables and ive only had 2 costers as well.

With the support for -DL in the current drive it supports all dvd formats out there.

  athenrye 19:04 14 Dec 2005

ill have a good look at them

nobody said how easy it was to install them
is it quite simple?
ive got a dvd player in already
is it a straight swap one for one????


  stalion 19:06 14 Dec 2005

yes straight swap if it's the only drive if not make sure you set the jumper the same instructions usually come with the new writer.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:09 14 Dec 2005

How to install a front loading drive (with pictures)
click here

  alan227 19:12 14 Dec 2005

Yes, take both sides of your computer, disconnect the IDE cable and the power plug, take out the four screws holding the DVD RW in then push it out from the back-out through the front.
Before you put the new drive in make sure the little jumper pin (which selects master/slave or cable select ) is set to the same as the drive you take out.
Then just reverse the process to fit your new drive.

  athenrye 19:14 14 Dec 2005

your the tops, thanks
now which one to buy???

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