CD-RW on an older PC

  lemon2 15:14 22 Feb 03
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I've just been asked by a mate to put a CD-RW on to his PC. However, it is quite old, a Socket 7 Cyrix 166+ with 80 Mb EDO Ram, running Win98SE. The motherboard is a Gigabyte VX586. I've never had a CD-RW running in a machine of so low spec, and would have thought that this system couldn't support it.

Has anyone successfully installed a CD-RW on such a system? Or do I tell him to go for a mobo, processor etc. upgrade if he wants a CD-RW.

  Lozzy 15:19 22 Feb 03

should work I believe 133MHz processor is the min spec but it will be slow

  MAJ 15:29 22 Feb 03

You might, and I stress "might", have to update the motherboard drivers to accept it, though. I had to do that at one stage, on a socket 7 m/b and a 450 processor.

  lemon2 15:54 22 Feb 03

So, it would probably run, but slowly.

Considering his intended use is to burn his recordings (he's a musician) straight to CD-R rather than taking his DAT to a studio to have them done.

Would he better off with an upgrade to a faster PC, or can he get away with it.

  Lozzy 15:59 22 Feb 03

Maj Is right for new CD/RW but you didn't state how old your CD.RW is

  lemon2 16:02 22 Feb 03

The CD-RW would be brand new

  Stuartli 18:16 22 Feb 03

I have an Elite Socket 370/Slot1 P6BXT-A+ motherboard housing a Celeron 400Mhz overclocked slightly to 450Mhz and my TDK CyClone 24x10x40 rewriter steams along at a cracking pace....:-)

All I did, along with the TDK Vortex 12x10x32 which preceded it, was install Nero, set the rewriter's jumper to Master (DVD-ROM drive to Slave), connect up the leads, let Windows 98 (now SE) install New Hardware and away I went.

It burns media in exactly the same time as other, much faster basic systems.

  polmar 09:22 26 Feb 03

Update Motherboard drivers? To run a CDRW on a P1 166?

Hope you dont do this for a living pal.

  MAJ 09:25 26 Feb 03

Lol polmar, you're such a geague.

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