After I saw that the Sony CRX700E that came preinstalled on my Thinkpad did not have the had the same plug as the OEM Sony CRX700E , I decided to try to remove the black plastic casing with a screwdriver. With the black plastic casing removed, the rear of the bare Sony CRX700E looked like NEC 6750A! Any case, I screwed the black plastic casing on the NEC 6750A and inserted into the empty slot in my Thinkpad. It was a tight fit, but it worked. I rebooted my Thinkpad, and the Windows XP found the necessary driver. I didn't have to do anything else. All I have to do now is test to see if it can read and write cds and dvds.
Thanks for your help! If I hadn't been forced to look for hyperlinks to the OEM Sony CRX700E, I would have never guessed to remove the black plastic casing surrounding the cdrw drive that came preinstalled on my Thinkpad.
Now, I need to find software to use with my DVD player. I take a minimalist approach when it comes to software on my computer. I don't like cluttering my computer by installing, testing, and uninstalling a lot of trial software. I'd like to know exactly what I'm getting before I decide to install something on my machine. I also don't necessarily want bloated software that consumes a lot of resources, has a large footprint, and has more features than I'll ever need. (This is what's turning me off of Roxio and Nero at the moment, although I'll purchase copies of both if I can't find a suitable alternative.) Here's what I'm thinking:
CD and DVD Playback: VLC Media Player
CD Burning: Built-In Windows XP burner
DVD Burning: Imgburn (?)
I know, there are better alternatives to using Windows XP's built-in cd burner, but then I'd have to install ANOTHER program on my laptop.
I'm pretty sure I'll be using the NEC 6750A primarily to read media files and back up data files. I might never get as far as backing up actual movies. I know that Imgburn only burns image files, but from what I'm reading in other forums: (1) Imgburn is a very small and stable program, not bloated and (2) The creator of Imgburn says that he's currently working on adding a feature that will allow users to package data files/music files/photos into an ISO that Imgburn can read.
As for VLC media player, users seem to like it for streaming media and for its ability to play everything. I'm not quite sure how it performs as a primary DVD software player though. I also considered BSplayer until I read that the free version is now bundled with WhenU adware.
What do you think about my softwrae choices for playing media files and burning data files? Are there any other non-bloated programs I should consider?