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14 April 2006 @ 09:21 am
DVD Burner update  
For those who were curious.

The problem with this process is that in order to test to see if any single step worked, I had to burn a DVD.  Which, considering the problem was the speed, took a while.  I didn't want to waste the discs and just burn 100MB or something to them to see how the speed was, so I ended up clearing up some space on my hard drive (which is nice), and taking hours upon hours to do my testing (which isn't).

So I ended up going to Fry's and picking up new cables (as mentioned in the previous post).  Plugged them in and it improved things, but not significantly.

I then switched wires around.  This is something I couldn't do with the old wires, because they just weren't long enough to accomodate it.  But I got the 36" cables from Fry's specifically so this would be an option.  Suddenly the burner works great!

So now I find myself with a choice.  I don't play any HDD-intensive games or anything like that, and so far as I can tell everything seems to be working fine at the moment.  I could buy a new controller card and improve the speed on whatever's plugged into it (currently three hard drives), but at the moment, I'm not seeing any problem with the one I've got.  And my burner is burning at the speed it's supposed to!  Yay!!

So what do you think?  Should I spend the $50 or so on a new controller card?  (Even if the answer is yes, that will translate to "not yet" - money is a little tight until my new student loan check arrives early next month)
Fred 2.0lqc on April 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I would say no. Since you don't know when / if you'll really need a true upgrade I would put aside the $50 next month in your emergency computer equipment fund for when something really breaks and you're gonna have to buy a new hdd or a new mb on short notice. Besides a new mb would probably have nice fast new controller anyway.
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Software for DVD burning
I work for Help.com and a member recently wote to ask if it was possible to make a Panasonic Region 2 DVD Player play Region 1 DVDs. My thinking is that is is easier to leave the player alone and just recopy your Region 2 DVDs as Region 1 DVDs. Do you have any recommendations on software that can burn DVDs and change the region coding?
Idtechnomonkey on April 17th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Not firsthand
I've heard good things about DVD Shrink, but couldn't tell you from experience. You're probably right about it being easier to just burn the discs as region 1, but maybe not.

Realistically, the discs you can buy are of a higher quality than the discs you can burn -- they can hold more information, so your picture and sound quality are just better. If you care about such things, I'd look into a different solution than re-burning.

Frankly, I'd just go to Target or someplace and pick up a $45 region-free standalone DVD player. Save yourself a lot of time and hassle, not to mention money on discs. Target may be the wrong place - but I bet you can find the right one fairly easily. Especially if there's a Fry's around you.

Either way, I'm not going to help.com to post this answer, and since you posted anonymously to my LJ, you're not gonna see it here. Not even sure why I bothered typing all this out. Have a nice day, though!