I have a Dell Dimension 2400 computer. I had to replace the first cd-rom when it stopped working so I added a DVD reader / CD writer and that was great for awhile. I occasionally use the CD writer, but mostly use it to just read disks, games or music CDs usually. When the new one broke (the door doesn’t open without a pin anymore) I had trouble getting one that was compatible, pretty much got on Amazon to find one that someone reviewed and said it fit in their Dimension 2400 computer. I had gotten one before then that was not compatible and had to return it. The one I got after that based on the Amazon review for my Dell stopped reading any discs so I am back to forcing the old one open. That gets old when I am copying a whole audiobook for my MP3 player.
What I need to know is how I can tell what fits in my computer without someone saying it in a review. What specifically do I look for in the specs? I think it was the connection that was different with the one that was not compatible, I just could not install it.