Old laptops, windows95 and CD Rewriters

  Effie 12:54 22 Apr 03

I'm asking this on behalf of a friend who has an Old Toshiba 166 Laptop and would like to change the current Cd reader in it for a CD rewriter.

Problem is , it runs on windows 95, has no USB ports, just serial and parallel ports. (She doesnt want an external rewriter!)

Is there anyone out there who has any experience of this problem or could suggest a not too expensive way for her to get this done by someone else?
Many thanks.

  recap 13:15 22 Apr 03

Effie, your friend will firstly have to check the system requirements for an external writer. If all is well for a new writer then there is the PCMCIA card option (you can get these cards for under £20). This would then enable her to have both on her system.

Please note though to change a CD reader in a laptop would require it to be sent to a specialist and would cost.

  Patr100 15:25 22 Apr 03

So it's an internal cd writer or nothing, Running Win 95 and "not too expensive" ? Given the age of this laptop I doubt it will be cheap, even if were possible or practical which I very much doubt. Perhaps Toshiba themselves would be the ones to ask first if it is physically capable of being upgraded in this way.

  Effie 15:57 22 Apr 03

Recap, Can I ask is the PCMCIA card that you mentioned, one that operates externally or is there any other kind of CD Rewriter that will possably work off the existing ports that she's got failing her being able to get the current internal system of her laptop changed?
She also has a floppy disc in her Laptop but has a lot of college notes on floppy discs and so needs to hang on to it.

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