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    fitting internal dvd writer

    After spending some time googling and also visiting DVD manufactures sites I cant find a tutorial about how to install a dvd drive on my computer. What I want to know apart from the obvious of how to actualy install and connect, is how to tell if say the motherboard can take a dvd, enough memory or video card.. whether it would be better to swap the already present cd drive for a cd/dvd combo, things like that, Can anyone suggest a few sites where this info can be found.I've been inside the computer to fit new memory and pc cards so not frightend to have a go at this <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> Running a dell dimension 4300 with cd r/rw drive and looks like spare bay for another internal drive.

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    Re: fitting internal dvd writer

    It will almost assuredly take a dvd drive. If you want more information on the motherboard go to http://support.dell.com.

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    Re: fitting internal dvd writer

    I'm assuming that you're planning on getting a recordable DVD drive, and not a DVD-ROM. A quick suggestion or two: make sure that the DVD-RW is set as Master, and that the CD-RW is set to slave. I've found that the cable select setting doesn't work well when two writers are connected on the same channel -- both drives should be on IDE 2. You might also want to uncheck the boxes that enable recording on these drives (right-click the drive>Properties>Recording), if you plan on using Nero, ECDC, etc. Although this will disable the built-in Windows recording to CD function (that uses the Adaptec plugin), your recording software should function fine, although this may seem counter-intuitive.

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    Re: fitting internal dvd writer

    I understand the reasoning behind most of your advice, but can you please explain why you say
    > both drives should be on IDE 2

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    Re: fitting internal dvd writer

    It's a lot easier, esp. assuming one drive is mounted right above the other. It also allows for a slaved hard drive on IDE 1.

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    Re: fitting internal dvd writer

    I tend to configure PCs with two hard disks as masters and two optical drives as slaves. This is better for copying CDs, as you aren't reading and writing on the same IDE bus.

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