Welcome to CDFreaks, try to find BenQ 1650 or better 1655 (with LightScribe for CD/DVD Labeling). Some time you can find brand name like CompUSA , Connect, Norwood, HI-VAL or I/O Magic are repackage of BenQ 1650 or 1655 drives but before you purchase any of these repackage one make sure the drive (burner) inside is BenQ 1650 or 1655.
I searched foe about 2 hours for those BenQ models with no luck
Wake up folks!!! Nero, Roxie and unfortaunatly all newer burners ON THE MARKET are in bed with or will be in bed very shortly with Microsoft (XP, VISTA) as well as with the record and movie Industrusty, better hope your old burner’s and software never break down. but by then Nero and Roxie will be out of business or simplly bought out to gooo awaaay and the only gane in town left will be “you guessed it” Microsoft the wolf
First off are you going to keep your computer for some time to come? Have you thought of buying XP pro sp2 to upgrade your O/S? I also have nero 18.104.22.168 Full version and I use it to burn mp3 to CDA format to play in my stereo. I do have other uses for it as well not limited to that function. And are you willing to buy the software to duplicate your DVD or looking for shareware? My choice would give slysoft site a try download their software for 21 day free trial and see if you like that software are Anydvd, Clonedvd, and CloneCd. I use those software to backup my dvd movies so I can protect my originals from scratches and damages. Also there are varying opinion on what drives will best suit your needs as they are relatively inexpensive now days ranging around $40 US. But stick with a drive with good reviews as those opinions from us users are dependent on how one’s software and hardware configuration setups. I for myself have a liteon LH-20A1H drive and has suited me well so far for my needs.
As there is no restriction with Win9x preventing you from using a DVD writer, you can use any recent drive. The important thing is the IDE controller of your mainboard (it should support UDMA 66 on all ports, some VIA chipsets of that generation don’t properly) and a fast HDD drive. If these conditions are given, you can use nearly any drive on the market.
About software, you should be able to install the free update to Nero 6.6 available on nero.com
For video backups, you should also have a look at Clone DVD (there is a free trial available), but I am not sure, if Win9x is still supported. Many newer versions of CD/DVD writing software require Windows 2000 or XP at least.
Also keep in mind, that the FAT32 file system used by Win98 does not support larger files that 4 GB. In case you are running into trouble due to that, you have no other option than upgrading to Windows XP. And as you apparently don’t like that, then think about Linux.
I also visited new egg and sites like that but all burners I see say OEM with no software included or drivers
As you already own a copy of Nero 6, this isn’t a problem at all. Also, there are no drivers needed for optical drives. Period.
which I’m not sure support win98 no operating system compatiblity info either
As already mentioned, you can run the piece of hardware called “DVD writer” regardless of your Windows version (unless you would still use Win 3.x)
WOOT Windows 98! Go give yourself a pat on the back and go and get some beer. You deserve it! Really I do love 98. I pwnz new version. I do have some advice.
DON’T UPGRADE PROGRAMS.
Why, more and more programs are becoming unusable with 98 becuase of the recent upgrades to vista. If you find a program that works with 98 stick with it. I am pretty sure DVD Shrink works with every os version with windows at the moment.
BUYING NEW DRIVES/HARDWARE.
Pretty much everything works with 98 via you have the right cabels. 98 may need more tweeking but other then that it is pretty simple.
no problem I do what I can to help on my experience to help others. But no questions are dumb or bad, its always good to ask cause there is bound to be someone that is looking to ask the same question or have a advice or workaround for problems.
If you looking to keep nero 6 at 6 level you should try to look at nero site for ftp or http download to update your nero 6 to make it more stable and more media and hardware compatible. I updated mine as stated to last version of nero 6 to nero 22.214.171.124 that is the last update before the switched to nero 7 and from what I am reading seems to give alot of those users problems and glitches.