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Harry Potter and the Dell Inspiron 8200 CD Player

By Andrew Pollack on 07/17/2005 at 08:31 AM PDT

On the way to advisor I picked up the new HP book on CD since the preordered books would not get to the house until after we'd left. Of course, this is for Coryn, my daughter who's traveling with me. Not for me, of course. No, surely not. Anyway....

I'm in the process of ripping the cd's to MP3 (for my personal use on an MP3 Player, not to distribute --sheesh) and I've discovered that the Dell Inspiron 8200 is no match for the chosen one. That, or the one who must not be named has placed a "cdromus interruptus" curse on the drive.

In truth, the 17 CD set cannot be ripped all at once without overheating the drive. Little by little, however, we're getting there. Chapters 1-28 are loaded on my cheap little Create Labs MuVo 128. Meanwhile, I think Coryn is 1/3 of the way through the book -- it was at Fry's for $13.

Meanwhile, the laptop is propped up on an overturned wooden tray to give it more ability to dissipate heat.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Danny Lawrence on 07/26/2005 at 10:34 AM EDT
Andrew, with all the hardware in your house, I'm suprized that you don't have a
"rip and burn" server. When I built my household file server (which is a
different box from my household Domino server) I installed EZ CD Creator, a
CD-RW (later upgraded to a CD/DVD-RW) drive and a plain old CD drive. When we
get new CD's we use that box to rip them and store all the results on that
server. When I need to make new CDs for the CD/MP3 player in my car I burn
then there.

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