adding a dvd player, which one to buy ??

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like my title says, i'm wanting to add a dvd player to my PC.

i don't think that i will need to burn any dvd's.

i have a cd-rw that works ok. other than the tray won't open if it is empty ??

with the devices that are available today, would i be better off buying a combo unit, that plays and burns dvd's, and cd's both, and eliminate the cd player that i have ??

or should i just look for a plain dvd player ??

also, what is a reliable / respectable brand to buy ??



ron
 

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Doesn't much matter, I'd say. From your system specs, I expect you need an IDE/PATA drive, so any of these drives would be perfectly adequate. Honestly I would say the cheapest LG on the list is just fine for your needs. Since XP doesn't include built-in DVD playback support, you will need a player like the excellent, free, VLC Media Player. Buying a read only drive as opposed to a burner would only save $5 or so. For $5 I'd like to keep the burning option. DVD burners will also handle burning CD's just fine, so I'd suggest dumping the old drive.
 

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Doesn't much matter, I'd say. From your system specs, I expect you need an IDE/PATA drive, so any of these drives would be perfectly adequate. Honestly I would say the cheapest LG on the list is just fine for your needs. Since XP doesn't include built-in DVD playback support, you will need a player like the excellent, free, VLC Media Player. Buying a read only drive as opposed to a burner would only save $5 or so. For $5 I'd like to keep the burning option. DVD burners will also handle burning CD's just fine, so I'd suggest dumping the old drive.

fantastic !! thanks for taking the time to respond, and offer your suggestions !!

ron
 
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