i have a friend who recently had their cd burner apparently die on them (it sounded sick) and they want to me to help them buy a new one. somebody told me the other day something about the speed of a somputer and burning dvd's. just curious is there a minimum speed and if at all one what would it be to use a dvd burner? and also how fast would a computer have to be to watch a dvd on the computer smoothly? i do not have a dvd drive or burner in my computers as i have not had the need for one yet so i know very very little about them. the only only thing i know about her computer is thats its a hewlett packard and i would assume it has 128mb ram max. not sure on the speed around the 500 possibly 450mhz pentium 3.