[quote=Cressida;2045373]Please don’t get me wrong, I love old computer stuff (probably why your question caught my attention in the first place ;)), and I would make sure I tried everything I could to get it to work, before giving up on it.
I might be able to find a link to the latest Philips firmware for you (which could allow you to burn newer CD-R types), if you can download and run Nero InfoTool (linky) and post a screenshot of the burner details as in the example below. It would surely be an achievement if you could successfully burn that first CD with the Philips :).
As for a new device, CD-burners have practically disappeared from the market now and are replaced by CD/DVD-burners. As you may know a DVD R/RW holds approximately 4.7GB of data, which is almost 7 times as much as a CD R/RW. Other than data storage, you can also use them to back up your movie DVD’s and price per MB is lower than that of CD now. So I think you’ll want to buy a CD/DVD-burner, not a CD-only burner.
Before making any specific recommendations (I think practically any modern drive will meet your expectations by the way), can you give us your computer specs please (CPU/processor type+speed, RAM/memory amount, Operating System used,… you can find this information under the [I]Hardware[/I] and [I]System[/I] tabs in InfoTool as well). If it’s a laptop that you have, you’ll probably want another external (USB) drive like the Philips, right? For a desktop you can choose between an internal or external unit. Note that for successful DVD burning, your computer shouldn’t be too old either (6-7 years max.) and include USB 2.0 ports (not the older and slower USB 1.1 type).[/quote]
Looks at the picture you provided
Our system doesn’t look anything like yours, sorry. We don’t have as many tabs as you do, and ours is in English, not the language you are using (what is that language?). And I see you have some tabs that we don’t.
Our computer does indeed have a Hardware tab, but this information was not in that specific tab like you suggested. Instead, this information was found in the General tab. We don’t have a System tab that I can see.
[B]Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2
Manufactured and supported by: Hewlett-Packard Pavillion
Intel Celeron Processor 1.10 GHz
384 MB of RAM[/B]
I have no idea what this means but I’m sure you do. Yes, we do have 2.0 USB ports. This is a desktop PC, not a laptop.
I have a laptop and I would prefer to interchangeably use the drive between the Desktop PC we have and my own laptop if that is even possible.
Despite the Desktop PC, I’d strongly prefer an external unit to an internal one.