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How to find a compatible optical drive for upgrade

I want to upgrade my Aspire 1640Z from CDRW/DVD to a DL DVD burner ...Where can I find a compatible drive that will give me the latest features and the most bang for the buck, other than a Acer branded drive?

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  • H2OMaker Nov 26, 2007

    Thanks for your response to my post, but what I really was asking info about was what brands of optical drives that would work in a Aspire 1640Z. Something universal. For example: Samsung, Sony, etc. Hope that clarifies my question.



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