Best Approach for a DVD drive on older PC

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I am running XP Pro on a Dell Dimension XPS T500. I would like to be able to play Dvd's on this pc. I tried to install a new Philips dvd-rw with Nero7 software but it ran too slow. Is there a better approach to doing this or am I trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?
 
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Square peg in a round hole, maybe.

What is the type of the processor?

What is the speed of the processor?

How much RAM?

What type of RAM?

Speed of RAM?
 
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Sorry, your system doesn't even come close to meeting the minimum requirements.
http://www.nero.com/enu/support-nero7-system-requirements.html

That's for the software. Here are the system requirements for a typical DVD burner (what's listed on the DVD drive's box):
  • Pentium 4 1.3Ghz
  • 128MB RAM
  • 650 MB Hard Free Space Disk Space for installation of burner software
  • 5GB free space for creating DVD image file
  • 9GB for creating DVD-DL image file
  • 20ms or faster hard disk access time
On the up-side, you can burn CDs.
 

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I've heard from friends that the older pc's used internal dvd decoder cards. What do you think about that?
 
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I remember that, now that you mention it; but, I didn't run into much of it before it seemed that all the computers I was working on didn't need any additional hardware.
 
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