DVD writer for Christmas

Old 12-20-04, 09:36 AM
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DVD writer for Christmas

My son wants one for his computer. I want to get it but I'd like it to be a surprise. What do I need to know about his computer to go to Fry's and buy one and what do I need to know about DVD Writers? I saw an ad for one for $49....thoughts, advice, suggestions?
Old 12-20-04, 03:41 PM
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How many CD drives are in the machine Now? You need a free 5.25 bay and a free channel on one of the IDE controllers. You have 2 controllers and each can support 2 devices. Make sure you get a brand name drive and that it is multi-format, meaning it will write in both the + and - formats. Also good is the Dual Layer format, these discs hold 8.5 GB as opposed to the 4.7GB of standard DVD blanks, but the disks are more expensive

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