# External USB DVD for a Laptop

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#### W. Watson

Jan 1, 1970
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Anyone know where I can get a DVD player for my laptop to connect via a USB

I picked one up a few months ago for around $100. You might want to do as I did and spring for a USB DVD+/-R burner and not just a player, although that will tie you down to a mains plug to run the thing. W #### W. Watson Jan 1, 1970 0 Rich said: CompUSA? Best Buy? I picked one up a few months ago for around$100. You might want to do
as I did and spring for a USB DVD+/-R burner and not just a player,
although that will tie you down to a mains plug to run the thing.
Who makes it? What model?

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#### dbernat32

Jan 1, 1970
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Many companies make external dvd, cdrw, dvdrw,etc. players and burners. Iomega, LaCie, Sony, Plextor, etc.
Go to Bestbuy.com, circuitcity.com, frys.com, compusa.com, etc.
One cavat though, dvd playback (and recording) requires a high speed link such as that provided by FireWire or USB 2.0. External dvd-roms will not work with USB 1.0/1.1. (They will physically work, but the transfer rate is less than that of a 1x dvd drive; playback of a video-dvd will be jerky at best; DVD recording will be impossible; CD recording will work at speeds up to 8x.)
I only mention this b/c the lack of a DVD-ROM built into your laptop would indicate that it is a little old and may lack USB 2.0 or FireWire. If that is the case, you would need to buy a PCMCIA USB 2.0 or FireWire card to connect the external drive.

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