A friend has a 1998 PC with a Pentium II (Pentium 2) @ 233MHz and just 192MB of memory and Win XP Pro.
It is actually AMAZINGLY usable for email / surfing / MP3 audio and basic file/printer networking with another Win XP Pro.
Currently it has no working writable optical media, just an inherited DVD-ROM drive.
Need to add A writable optical drive and decision is
[li]CD RW drive cÂ£15
[/li][li]DVD RW drive cÂ£35
The issue with a DVD drive is whether the CPU is up to the job. Can’t find much detail but the few drives I have found proper “minimum system requirements” for say Pentium III 550MHz (which is more than double the Specmark of a Pentium II @ 233MHz).
The applications are music CDs, and backing up data from the 2 PC’s hard-drives.
No idea what would happen with the “underpowered” CPU ? Lots of coasters ? Operating at just 1x rather than 16x or 54x ?
(Obviously the real solution is a better PC, but take the existing PC/CPU as a given and the only choice between CD or DVD capabiltiy.)
Any help/advice/experience appreciated.