DVD-Player/Burner took a shit, now what?

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  1. MrBlonde

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    Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop, purchased it in 2003 or something so I suppose it's about time to just junk the entire thing or replace it but would it be worth it to reformat, install a new disk drive and add more memory?

    I don't need anything fancy for a burner but it's sort of a bitch not having one at the moment.

    Thanks for any input....I don't game or anything that really needs a computer stronger than what I currently have, it works, just needs a few new parts and a cleaning.
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    specs?

    if the machine suites your needs fine, no need to waste money, even though it has never been cheaper for powerful systems.

    dvd burner $30.
    more ram? 2GB ~$30

    So for $60 you can have a "faster" system. the only thing you may net be able to do well is play HD vids. Even with coreavc, the p4 machine will run at full capacity...
     
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    Pentium 4 CPU 2.40GHz
    2.30 GHz, 512MB of RAM

    I'm not worried about playing HD videos or anything, I would just like to boost this computer a little to get me by until I decide I need something bigger/newer/mobile.

    Can you suggest what RAM (manufac) I would want to purchase or a DVD burner that is budget but will not break down quickly?
     
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  5. MrBlonde

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    alright I'm going to go with what you suggested here, i'll probably be bugging you again in a week for some guidance on the install/reformat. :cool:
     
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    A co-worker had a Dell 2400 bought in 2004 that he was going to throw away, so I offered to look at it to see what was wrong. It was a P4 2.8ghz with 256mb ram, and loaded up with viruses. I told him to reformat it, and put 2gb of ram in it. Now he has an extremely decent emal/web computer.
     
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    That sounds like what I'm in the works of doing, although I really don't know anything about reformatting. :o
     
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    I remember being at that point. If you have the ability, have a second computer sitting there so you can google how to do it. There is a welth of info online.
     
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    There is alot of bullshit that I don't use on the computer anymore, I've tried to uninstall most of it but it doesn't seem to eliminate what I want gone. I have 59 processes running right now and the only thing i'm doing is posting on OT.

    I thought that reformatting would eliminate the unnecessary junk that got attached to my computer at one time or another. There are a few programs that I don't have the install disks for anymore but would like to keep, I have a second hard drive that I would potentially be able to move what I want to keep to.

    The real grind of this entire thing is that I don't know exactly what I want to do or how to do it, the dvd-burner shit out so I am replacing that, I'm also adding more memory, whatever else I should do and how so is yet to be determined.
     
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    There is typically a laptop around the apartment but I think i'll attempt to find the info/print it out before hand.
     
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