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# 250740 23-May-2019 16:25
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The "German School of Wellington" is looking for a laptop with DVD drive for younger kids to watch German DVDs while their elder siblings are being language-immersed.

 

 

If you have one of those lying around and would be willing to part with it, please get in touch.

 

 

Thanks,

 

martin

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  # 2243934 23-May-2019 16:30
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Why not get a portable DVD player off Trademe? Plenty of them on there for cheap.







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  # 2243937 23-May-2019 16:36
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Thanks for the suggestion, we'll be looking there too if nobody in our extended networks has one lying around anyway.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2243939 23-May-2019 16:41
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What sort of price range do you have in mind?

Got a 14" Dell Latitude E6420, 2nd gen i5, HDMI, with a brand new 240GB SSD - could part with for around $300 + freight if that was sort of what you're looking for. 

 

I'd agree with Michael - if it's just DVD playback you're after, get a portable DVD player. 


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  # 2243940 23-May-2019 16:44
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To be honest,

 

Depending on the number of discs you have, unless they are interactive, Transcoding them to MP4 and then just loading them on the Laptop/tablet  or USB stick as a file is probably an easier option,

 

in an educational/school environment scratches and damage can lower the readability of discs fairly quickly..... and this allows the physical DVD to be retained as a master copy..

 

 


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  # 2243999 23-May-2019 17:31
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wellygary:

To be honest,


Depending on the number of discs you have, unless they are interactive, Transcoding them to MP4 and then just loading them on the Laptop/tablet  or USB stick as a file is probably an easier option,


in an educational/school environment scratches and damage can lower the readability of discs fairly quickly..... and this allows the physical DVD to be retained as a master copy..


 



Indeed! Surprised they would be using the physical disks at all.

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  # 2244002 23-May-2019 17:38
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Yeah I agree - how many DVDs are we talking about? I'm sure if it's just a few someone would be willing to rip them for you for free.

 

 

I have an older laptop (~2012) with a DVD drive, but the screen and speakers are crap. I also have an internal DVD/blu-ray drive for a desktop which has scarcely been used.

 

 

PS: Ich kann auch Deutsch



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  # 2244647 24-May-2019 15:33
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Thanks everyone for their inputs! The DVD player things don't really work for multiple children watching at once, but encoding the DVDs to solid media makes a lot of sense. We'll try to get access to the school's smart TVs and then make a USB stick.

 

 

That is unless someone has a spare laptop lying around they want to donate to the cause ;)

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