installing a dvd player

Hewlett-packard / 6644f
February 23, 2011 at 08:58:43
Specs: Windows 98, 550 MHZ
Can my HP 6644F Desktop computer be up graded from a CD to a DVD, and if so How. This system is for a young neice, in which i have lots of education programs and can only use them in 256 color. but would like it that she can watch dvd movies on this system thats why i 'd like to up grade it. thank you very kindly Steve

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February 23, 2011 at 10:45:05
Almost any PC can have a CD replaced by a DVD, the consideration being that there's enough "horsepower" to support it. You state in your specs "Windows 98, 550 MHZ". While that's borderline on being able to watch movies (a good video-card with a lot of RAM helps), replacing the drive itself should be a fairly simple matter. Just make sure the replacement drive is the same type (IDE) and the jumper (Master/Slave/Cable Select) is in the same position as the drive you remove. Here's some help if you're not familiar with getting inside the machine:

FWIW I've got an HP Pavilion with a 650MHz Celeron and Win2K and can watch movies on it using VLC Player, so it is possible you can do the same:

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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February 23, 2011 at 23:30:46
Yeah, just check the specs of the available DVDs before buying one. Newer models may be compatible with your hardware but not windows 98. That's probably because their included player software isn't compatible. You'll want an older version of something like PowerDVD--or the VLC software mentioned above--that's compatible with 98. If you can't find one I can probably burn you a copy of the powerdvd I installed on several 98 systems.

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February 24, 2011 at 08:59:48
Nero 7 is the final version will run on Windows 98/ME (although it may be possible to run newer versions with KernelEX.)

Surprisingly, it is available FREE directly from their website:

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