My computer is a Pentium 4 2.6Ghz with 528 MB of memory. I have an asus P4PE motherboard, my os is win xp pro (with service pack 2 installed). I have a 120 GB hard disc. I have a Toshiba SD -M1712 DVd Rom Drive and an Assus 4824 cdr/rw drive. I would like to buy a dvd burner. However, having read a number of posts on this subject, I see that sometimes people have trouble with their DMA settings and what not with their DVD burners. I am a total newbie when it comes to these things - I would like simplicity and the ideal that all I have to do is plug in and the play will follow with no hassel. It is because of this I thought it would be better to buy an external burner - if so which ones would you recommend. Is there one based (or a rebadged) on the NEC 3500 or Benq1620? I was thinking of getting the new Plextor - but given its price and the initial reaction in these forums to the internal version - I am not so sure that I should buy the Plextor716UF (when it comes out). I don’t even mind an internal - if it is relatively hassel free and idiot proof.
BTW, I will use the burner to back up films and to make DVD’s from my home video (mainly VHS - some digital) library.
Many thanks for any input any of you may have.