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Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by suzonka on 13th October 2010, 11:09 am

I have a dell inspiron 531 with only a one cd burner for dics like a CD+R not a problem , I want to know if I can burn a DVD+R and then play say a movie or video on my TV home Player,will any free converter programs like RZ DVD Creator,make it all work?

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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by houndmom on 13th October 2010, 2:23 pm

Hey suzonka. Yes, you will need to get a DVD drive, then you will be able to burn DVD's that will play on your home system or computer.


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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by Metalmusk on 15th October 2010, 9:09 pm

Get one DVD Writer. This will help you to play & Burn - CD's & DVD's.

After getting a DVD Writer, you can use any burner which has the DVD writing feature to make multiple copies Smile

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Post by suzonka on 16th October 2010, 3:53 am

@Metalmusk wrote:Get one DVD Writer. This will help you to play & Burn - CD's & DVD's.

After getting a DVD Writer, you can use any burner which has the DVD writing feature to make multiple copies Smile
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thank you for the information

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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by Buttons on 28th October 2010, 5:44 am

You should have one installed. I have a Dell Inspiron 530D which is almost identical to that. It has a dvd rewritable drive(burns and rewrites already written dvds).

Make sure to go here to check your shipped hardware configuration. You'll need your service tag which is on a sticker on the back or side. Can also find it in the bios by clicking F2 on startup.Smile

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by suzonka on 28th October 2010, 11:00 am

PHANTOM X-GI wrote:You should have one installed. I have a Dell Inspiron 530D which is almost identical to that. It has a dvd rewritable drive(burns and rewrites already written dvds).

Make sure to go here to check your shipped hardware configuration. You'll need your service tag which is on a sticker on the back or side. Can also find it in the bios by clicking F2 on startup.Smile

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
I just have one top drawer on my desk top dell 531 the one below it is blank. I have no clue about what Bios I should have can you enlighten me on this? Thanks again Let me think

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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by Buttons on 29th October 2010, 1:59 am

Bios should be around 1.0.13

You can also check System Information under Start Menu/Accessories/System Tools Smile

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Post by suzonka on 29th October 2010, 2:25 am

PHANTOM X-GI wrote:Bios should be around 1.0.13

You can also check System Information under Start Menu/Accessories/System Tools Smile

I checked the dell /Bios 1.0.6 is this good

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Re: Do I need a DVD Burner ?

Post by Buttons on 29th October 2010, 3:24 am

Upgrading the bios is optional and not a big deal, but it may enable additional hardware features. I would upgrade, but that is entirely up to you.Smile

Note the following happen when upgrading a bios

1. Screen flashes(this is supposed to happen and nothing to worry about)

2. Loud noises similar to running a cd/dvd occurs when flashing/upgrading(right before restarting which is normal)

3. Immediately shuts down and turns back on after a couple of seconds(again normal)

Don't be alarmed by the above as they are perfectly normal when upgrading the bios.Smile

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