Samsung SE-S184m

i am thinking of buying this external drive because the one that came with my sony laptop sucks this is the set up on laptop:

1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor, 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive, 2 GB RAM (4 GB max), 8x LightScribe DVD-/+RW drive
Connectivity: 3 USB, 1 FireWire, 1 VGA, 1 S-Video, ExpressCard 34, Memory Stick/SD card slots
Intel 4965 AGN wireless LAN connects to draft 802.11n routers (as well as 802.11a/b/g)
Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium (with Media Center capabilities); integrated WebCam

is this a good external that would work or is there another i should look at need to buy at BB right now it is on sale for 79.99

Thanks in advance for looking at my post and help

this drive says its EIDE (ATAPI) interface what does that exactly mean can i plug into usb 2.0

This is a very goob external USB2 burner. I’ve had mine for a while and this drive burns magic. no problem to get decent 18x burns sub 5:30 minutes.

Yes, connection is USB but the drive inside is a common IDE drive. A small motherboad inside enclosure is used to to “convert” USB stream to IDE (sorry for this non technical explanation).

so will it work okay with my laptop or should i just buy another one and replace the one in the laptop i just need it to burn with the one in the laptop plays movies fine thanks in advance for the help again

Laptop drives are limited at 8x speed for burning/reading DVD’s.
With decent USB2 controller in your laptop a external burner should be able to reach double speed.
The burn quality on “half high” (nomal size) burners is also much better then on laptop drives.

i am so sorry for sounding so dumb here how do i find out what USB2 controller i have in this laptop or are you saying it will work fine with this setup thanks again and sorry for all the questions

As long as your lappy holds a $ntel mobo there shouldn’t be any problems. :wink:
(But depending on other equipment connected to USB ports your milage may vary.)

1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor and only a mouse hooked up in one of the usb ports sorry to keep bothering you in the device manager it also says ACPIx86 based pc

Tools like CPU-Z will tell you everthing worth to know about your lappy. :slight_smile:

Edit. Adding a pic of CPU-Z and my sons old CompaQ Armada.

if i download and copy and paste will you let me know for sure if you have time

CPU-Z 1.40.5 report file
Number of processors 1
Number of cores 2 per processor
Number of threads 2 (max 2) per processor
Name Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7100
Code Name Merom
Specification Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T7100 @ 1.80GHz
Package Socket P (478)
Family/Model/Stepping 6.F.D
Extended Family/Model 6.F
Core Stepping M0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 1918.7 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 9.0 x 213.2 MHz
Rated Bus speed 852.8 MHz
Stock frequency 1800 MHz
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 2048 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Chipset & Memory
Northbridge Intel GM965 rev. C0
Southbridge Intel 82801HBM (ICH8-ME) rev. 03
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 2048 MBytes
Memory Frequency 355.3 MHz (3:5)
CAS# Latency (tCL) 5.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# (tRDC) 5 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 15 clocks
System Manufacturer Sony Corporation
System Name VGN-FZ145E
Mainboard Vendor Sony Corporation
Mainboard Model VAIO
BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies LTD
BIOS Version R0040J7
BIOS Date 04/03/2007
Memory SPD
Module 1 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Module 2 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, Hyundai Electronics
Windows Version Microsoft Windows Vista (6.0) Home Premium Edition (Build 6000)
DirectX Version 10.0

sorry dont know how to et the pic on here

Thanks posting report. :wink:

Northbridge Intel GM965 rev. C0
Southbridge [B]Intel 82801HBM[/B] (ICH8-ME) rev. 03.

Think that should be safe. :slight_smile:

Adding. Re attachment, look unders message window. For pics use .png extention.

thank you so much for all your help think i will be safe to buy then