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Lewis1 
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25 Jun 2003 11:16 AM
I am an extreme newbie. I am buying a computer for the primary purpose of backing up my DVD collection. What system (Dell, HP, Etc) would people recommend. I did read where some Dell DVD writers don't work well with this software. Any input would be greatly appreciated as I don't have the skills to fix the computer if something goes wrong
-Frank
stollery 
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25 Jun 2003 8:58 PM
Lewis1 - tell me what you're interested in, by sending me a PM, and I'll custom build you one. Been in the business over 16 years.
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ireland 
AfterDawn Addict

25 Jun 2003 9:34 PM
Klingons,95 or 98se super upgrade puter system..
with a tandy dandy 3.99 keyboard ..
security 
Senior Member

26 Jun 2003 3:52 PM
MY DELL WORKS GREAT

AND READ THIS FROM A DVD X COPY EMPLOYEE
321_Q/A

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20 Jun 2003 9:54 AM
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3-4 of our test machines are Dell Dimension 3200, and they seem to do very well with the software. It looks pretty cool also, but it's not the most upgradeable PC out there.. It only has 4 PCI slots. It's not a good machine for someone who will be gaming a lot either since it has no AGP slot. (I know there are good PCI video cards out there, but I really prefer the AGP.)

it says they DO VERY WELL with this program
and i know you can get them with dvd burners
for 475-550 and thats with dells in home warranty.

however the above post from stollery is exciting as he is a heavy user of this product
and a heavy user of computers in general. a specialy tuned machine would be great.

i would not recomend a ..what tandy? is that a 1980 radio shack trs-80 keyboard? IRELAND? :)LOL

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stollery 
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26 Jun 2003 4:09 PM
security - part of Ireland's brain is still partitioned to dual boot to his Tandy. Sorry, with Ireland being the originator of the Rag Taggers it would be improper to comment in more detail. You know, respecting our elders (read: OLDSTERS)and all that tripe. LOL
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waysherr 
Junior Member

26 Jun 2003 4:23 PM
lewis1,
LISTEN to stollery. i build my own computers & that is the only way to go!! you can build one much better than any one u can buy at a substantial $aving$. let stollery do it for u if your not able, he knows what to do......

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72morgan 
Senior Member

27 Jun 2003 11:16 AM
Lewis1

I have to say building a custom machine or buying a Dell [ H-P /Compaq / IBM ] are both correct answers.

My first machine was a Compaq 150 mhz Pentium, then I bought a Compaq 300 mhz Pentium II, top of the line . Fastest machine out there. [ Ha, lol ] After I had used those 2 machines I realized that NO ONE had what I wanted & that is when I started to build my own machines.

What I am trying to say is , I know what I want & stollery knows what he would put in a machine & waysherr would put his machine together his way !!

What do you want ???? It may take a couple of machines from Dell or stollery before you find out how & what you are using it for and before YOU find out what YOU want.

When I got my first machine , I told myself & my wife that this would be a good way to learn how to type. Buy a program and type. At that time I did not know what a C Prompt was or how to turn on the computer.

Now , today I am a 2 finger typist [ that program did a lot of good!! LOL ] and not only can I turn on the computer I can take the computer apart and put it back together.

So both answers are correct. Custom or Dell.

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ireland 
AfterDawn Addict

27 Jun 2003 11:42 AM
take a look at Walmart,not bad prices at all...
ye can buy a microtel computer with or without a operating systems,starting at$199 up,e-machines $498 up,hp-598 up,compaq $612 up,..
a good place tostart and look and get ideas,all this at ye finger tips on the internet....
stollery 
Inactive

27 Jun 2003 12:58 PM
Lewis1 - well, you've received some pretty good input so far. As has been pointed out, everyone's needs are different. I even have a number of customers who "don't need" custom built. All they ask from their machine is for it to be reliable and simple to use. For them, off the shelf is fine. I tend to lean toward Dell, but NOT the cheesy, low end models. I do NOT carry totally integrated Dells.
Your biggest considerations are, other than the outlay of money, whether or not you want some control over how your machine is designed and expandability.
As always, you get what you pay for.
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72morgan 
Senior Member

27 Jun 2003 1:05 PM
Lewis1

You say you are an extreme newbie !

Do you own a computer now??

Have you ever owned a computer ??

How are you getting online now to post here ??

If you have had a computer or 2 , then you are not all that new. If that is the case , then you should have an idea of what you want & a custom built might be right for you.

Lewis1 
Inactive

27 Jun 2003 1:13 PM
I currently have a Dell that is 800 mega hertz -and I have a DSL. However i consider myself an extreme newbe when I read about nero, tmp files, and other complicated computer stuff I don't know about.

This forum is awesome, and it is unbelievable how cool everyone is to be helpful like this.

It sounds like a dell with a 2.2 mega hertz with a Sony drive that lets me do DVD+ / - ought to work. I was thinking of doing a DVD reader in one slot and writer in the other so it goes faster.

Again, I really appreciate all of the input and emails I have recieved. I look forward to joining you fellow 123'ers.

Thanks again

-Frank
stollery 
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27 Jun 2003 1:50 PM
Lewis1 - not every 2.2 GHz is created equal. Do NOT get the Celeron chip.
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Lewis1 
Inactive

27 Jun 2003 1:53 PM
sorry, I am a dumb ass - I ment 321ers (as in 321 studios, see what you get when you try to be cool)
-Frank
ireland 
AfterDawn Addict

27 Jun 2003 3:04 PM
LEWIS,
DON'T PUT YOUR SELF DOWN....
WE ALL HAD TO LEARN,IT TOOK TIME ABOUT LEARNING ABOUT COMPUTERS..IT TAKES A LITTLE WORK ON YE SELF...
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS.....
Conrad 
Inactive

27 Jun 2003 3:11 PM
Lewis1,
Ditto what ireland said.
As far as 123'ers or 321'ers it depends on what kind of day we're having. Sometimes we're going backwards and sometimes we're going forward.



PIV 2.8G, 1 Gig Rambus Memory, XP SP1
400 Gig HD Storage
Sony DRU 500AX, Liteon LTD166
toolman18 
Senior Member

27 Jun 2003 3:59 PM
Exactly look at ireland he still has'nt figured out how to turn his caps lock off
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ireland 
AfterDawn Addict

27 Jun 2003 4:11 PM
Hay toolman,is it below the belly buttom...
I FOUND IT,NOPE,WRONG BUTTON.....THERES ONLY A LARGE HANDLE THERE.....

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stollery 
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27 Jun 2003 4:19 PM
ireland - Handle? My, someone's feeling better. :)
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toolman18 
Senior Member

27 Jun 2003 4:33 PM
I don't think so he's hallucinating now
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Voltz 
Newbie

27 Jun 2003 7:19 PM
I bought Dell refurbished computer for under $500 it was p4 2.5 w/128mb pc2700 sdram
no frills cheap video card(not important right now) can add a better one later
60 gig Hd

The 1st thing I did was add 512mb of more ram for $65
then added a pinoeer dvr-105
kept it clean and only add DXC & DXCX
and its been a great DVD-burner and thats all I use it for!

love its clam shell case design the case side slides to the side and all Hardrives and rom units stay on the sliding door and can be removed instantly using 2 green tabs :)
everything else is so easy to get to.
it was the Dimension 4550 model

this has been my 7th Dell & never had a problem with any and though I fix all my friends pc's and I'm a little advanced in PC's having built many from scratch, I like having someone else build them sometimes LOL.
I would buy one from Strollery in a heart beat if I needed a another 1 :)
right now I'm still playing on 3 PC's though
ogryzek 
Member

27 Jun 2003 9:52 PM
Have been building and selling computers for last 13+ years... I hope it comunts for something.

Advice #1: It all depends on your proficiency level: if you are new to PCs for heaven sake stay with Big Boys (HP/Compaq, Dell, Gateway) Nothing really fancy there (vanila plain yet stable setup) but you will geta decent tech support at the decent price. (If you live in a larger city chances are that they Gateway has a local 'Country Store', other guys farm out repairs for their rigs)
If you are more 'advanced' go with 'custom' built setup - here you will get more bang for the (nearly) same buck but quality of tech support varies.

Advice #2: In reality ANY modern computer system (unless you get something 'second-hand') will be more than capable of doing what you want to do - unless (ther is always that dark side...) you are hard core game freak (that's a costly addiction...) Anyway, what I am trying to say is that do not get sucked into expensive setup just to impress your chat buddies.

Advice #3: If your primary goal is backing DVDs decide on priorities - usually a BIG hard drive and QUALITY writer helps.

[they are closing my library so I have to go...]
postalmal 
Newbie

30 Jun 2003 7:02 PM
I am also a newbie, not with computers just with making back ups. I recently purchased a Dell 4550 with a NEC ND-1100A burner and added a LITEON 16x DVD rom in the second bay. I thought with that done I was now ready to start making backups. Little did I know that my software (easy cd creator) will not do it. I just wanted some input from guys that are experienced DVDXCopy to lead me in the right direction.
toolman18 
Senior Member

30 Jun 2003 8:08 PM
postalmal,
Depends on how you want your back-up.DXC will do a 1:1 backup with menus and extras and usually will require 2 disks.Xpress will give you just the movie no menu or extras but will only require 1 disk.They have a trial version you can test with or if you download and are not happy just get a refund.The price of the Gold package is the same price I paid for just DXC at first of year,so it's not a bad deal for the both.The only thing that may give you problems is the Roxio DLA software (Direct CD)
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security 
Senior Member

30 Jun 2003 8:46 PM
postalmal
I HAVE A DELL i did not need to do anything to my roxio at all (you may /you may not)i would get gold and i would expect perfect results.
you need gold. for any type of episode , sopranos,law and order,friends,simpsons,etc...
dont just get x copy you will always need two discs and dont just get express as you cant do episodes . with the setup you have its time to get gold and go !

ps the same thing happened to me ...i got my dell and i grabbed favorite movie . i opened the roxio copier program ....hit copy and that...BONK..noise played and error came accross my my screen . i called dell they said they dont sell computers to copy dvds only back up data and photos. i searched google and found this site ive been basicaly error free for almost a year now i think this product is great
download gold direct at
http://www.dvdxcopy.com/index.htm?a=43411

if you get a rebate feel free to use it. if for any reason gold does not work for you you will get a full refund MINUS the rebate. again get it direct its best to do it that way.

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stollery 
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30 Jun 2003 10:43 PM
postalmal - if you begin having difficulty backing up your DVDs, it might be more than having Roxio installed on your computer. Look hard at the NEC burner you're using as a possible culprit.
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