dvd writer question
zatlite at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 16 04:55:29 UTC 2008
> Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 22:23:49 -0400
> From: disturbed1976 at gmail.com
> To: ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Re: dvd writer question
> On Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 9:13 PM, Gerald Dachs <ubuntu at dachsweb.de> wrote:
> > Am Sun, 16 Mar 2008 00:54:58 +0000
> > schrieb Zatlite Minthar <zatlite at hotmail.com>:
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > What is the lowest spec. machine you could install a dvd writer on?
> > > Since my p4 machine developed a problem with it's motherboard, I've
> > > been using my celeron 400MHz machine which has 256MB RAM and xubuntu
> > > installed. I've salvaged parts of my P4 machine like the hard drive
> > > and installed them on my older machine. I haven't tried moving the
> > > dvd writer across because I'm not sure if the old machine can write
> > > dvd with that much processing power and ram. Has anyone tried dvd
> > > writing on a low spec machine like mine? Would it work?
> > Depends on what you want to do with it. Burning a DVD should make no
> > problems. Decoding of the mpeg2 stream for viewing a DVD could be a
> > little bit too much for the cpu, without the help of a graphic card
> > that can take part of the job. I would give it a try. If it doesn't
> > work then google for a dxr3 card and snipe it at ebay.
> > Gerald
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> DVD burning on a PII 266 384mb ram works just fine at 4x. 8x gave a
> few issues once in a great while.
> Burning is just reading data and outputing data. The main concern is
> not the CPU power, the transfer rate and ability of the ide bus. With
> my PII 266 it was an ATA 33 bus. An ATA 66 or ATA 100 would be much
> I also have a system with an add in ata card (Promise TX2 Ultra ata
> 100) that has no issues burning at 8-12x with a PIII 500. CPU load on
> that machine hovers around 30% while burning.
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Thanks for explaining all this.
I tried burning some 1.6GB worth of data at 8x and it went alright but I think I'll stick to 4x in the future just to be on the safe side.
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