What happens if you wish to upgrade or repair a slightly older system? Consider the CD-RW drive. On my older 200 MHz Pentium, the Hewlett Packard CD-Writer recently failed. (Searching online I found many complained about failures of similarly-aged HP CD-RWs.)
Going online and to the store and reading the system requirements for newer CD-RW drives tells us that they all required 300 GHz systems or faster. So the solution would seem be to look for a component that would work in the older system. Many CD-RWs were on eBay.com, but I didnt see any that I felt were reasonably-priced. When purchasing smaller components on eBay.com, dont overlook the cost of the shipping.
A trip to a computer show might turn up some CD-RWs. But, I didnt really want to spend the time noodling around for parts either. I could also experiment with newer CD-RWs operating at slower write speeds or using older versions of the software that the CD-RWs came with. But, I didnt want to monkey around with that either, because I didnt want to spend the time.
Eventually, I just decided Id backup that system over a home network using another PC I had with a fast CD-RW!
The lesson is that as you upgrade older systems, at a certain point, you might just decide that it no longer makes sense to upgrade the system. Its easier and more effective to just get a new system. Or, you might find other solutions, such as not using the CD-RW and backing up the system over a network. Just choose whichever upgrade, replacement, or workaround option seems best for you and youll make the right choice!
Hint: Dont worry about making a wrong choice when selecting components. Youll do a great job! There seldom is a wrong choice.
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