View Full Version : buying/installing a dual layer dvd player...

2005-08-06, 08:46 PM
right, so I'm on a laptop, HP Compaq Presario R3430 to be specific

and it came with a DVD+/- R/RW drive

I want to take that out and replace it with a Dual layer writer

are there an considerations I need to know of before buying one? like making sure it's compatible and such?

I was thinking about buying this one (http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-Compaq-laptop-8X-DVD-RW-BURNER-Writer-Dual-Layer_W0QQitemZ6791637465QQcategoryZ80195QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

2005-08-06, 11:56 PM
and what are your thoughts on something like this:


2005-08-07, 04:01 PM
also, what do I need to know about buying one for my Home PC? are they all compatible with all types of PCs?

do you guys think this is okay: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151066

or these:




are these any good? or all crap?

any insight would be appreciated

2005-08-07, 04:15 PM
personjally, i've always used plextor's in the PCs and also i have a Lacie d2 external for my mac...always worked for me

2005-08-07, 04:24 PM
could you give me a link to a good inexpensive plextor you'd recommend? or any any of those decent? I'm not looking for the end-all be-all DL DVD burner, I just want something decent and inexpensive as I already have a good DVD burner on my laptop, it just isnt a dual layer one

2005-08-07, 04:42 PM
i'm unsure of good models in those price ranges...maybe someone else knows more???

2005-08-07, 04:43 PM
what do you think of this one?


2005-08-07, 04:47 PM
i have the predecessor to that model and it worked great [recently died a month ago...after a few years of *heavy* use] i don't have experience with that exact model but... :)

2005-08-07, 04:54 PM
awesome, thanks again buddy, you've been a huge help :)