I need to buy an internal DVD burner for my ancient Dell, I'm on a sickeningly tight budget, and I could use some advice. Here is what I'm looking for:
I don't need any bells and whistles like headphone jacks, buttons which do this or that, or blazing speed. It doesn't have to be pretty, stylish, hip, or particularly quiet. I'm not willing to spend an extra dime for any of these things. And, I don't need a software bundle or a cable or any other paraphenalia - OEM is fine.
What I do need, and for which I will spend as many extra dimes as are necessary (but no more), is accuracy, reliability, and durability in performing the core functions of a DVD burner - reading and writing CDs and DVDs. I need it to install with a minimum of headaches, not make coasters, not be finicky about media (because, in keeping with the sickeningly tight budget referenced above, I'll probably buy whatever's on sale), and not be a flimsy piece of **** which disintegrates in 6 months. I feel these things should be easy to get apart for cleaning, and just as easy to get back together, too. Dual-layer would be nice, but isn't essential, and if it inflates the price more than a couple bucks, forget it. A company with decent support would be nice, too.
Finally, the minimum requirements have to be in line with my Methuselah of a machine - 1.3 G P4, 768 M Ram, WinXP Home - and if manufacturer's specs for this sort of hardware are as foolishly optimistic as, say, Microsoft's are, please let me know. Also, I might set up a dual-boot w/ Ubuntu soon, so compatibility therewith would be a plus.
I'll quit ranting and start listening now. Many thanks for all advice offered...