So, back to the DVD+R/RW... I first went to a "mom & pop" computer store (or maybe "local geek-owned" is a better description) and they had some Lite-On DVD+R/RW drives for $75. I then went to Best Buy to see what they had available and noticed that Double Layer drives are now available. Hmmm, I pondered... If I do get one, I should shoot for a more adaptable model. CompUSA was also nearby, so I popped in there and was astonished to see their prices were less than Best Buy's! That was a shocker to me. I ended up getting a Memorex DVD+/-R/RW drive which comes with Nero's software and is Double Layer compatible. Go me!
After watching my poor old Ghoul Lashed tapes, I felt I should rescue them by converting to DVD, and now I've got the technology to do so. Well, sort of. I have the capability - TV capture card & DVD recorder... But things aren't working quite right yet. My poor capture card hasn't been able to capture video in awhile (but I haven't really needed it to). And after I installed the DVD+R drive, I discovered that my ASPI wasn't set right. Heck, I've no idea what ASPI is! But Nero complained about it and things weren't working right. I was able to make back-up DVDs, at least, so my goal is to reinstall Winders (yes, I'm still using Win98SE) and see if I can get the video capture and DVD recording to work. If I can't get that to work, yes, I'll break down and install WinXP Pro instead. *sigh*
In case things don't work right in my upgrade, I do have something to cheer me up. My DVDs which I ordered from amazon.co arrived today - woohoo! More Black Books! Spaced! Porridge! Sylv in Still Game! Yay!