I took out my CDRW recorder(Samsung-2years old) and put in a DVD+RW recorder (NEC 1100a) in its place about a year ago.
The CD recorder that I took out no longer worked properly,playback of audio CDs and DVDs worked fine, just the CD recorder was N/G.
Reading the installation manual for the DVD from DELL under the heading "Limitations" it says that " If two CD ROM drives are installed in a computer, they must be IDE CD ROM drives and be from the same manufacturer".
It's that "same manufacturer" that gets me, I would like to use the Samsung as a CD ROM drive as there is nothing wrong with it, but reading the Dell installation manual, I am a bit reluctant to do so. Or is this a ploy by Dell to get you to spend more money with them?
If it is any help...I have worked on many many Dell machines, including upgrading and stuck in whatever I had at hand so I wouldn't take too much notice of that if I were you. It is probably referring to the driver installation provided on the disc...which is not a problem if you have an alternative driver.
Shouldn't make any difference to the computer having two drives from different manufacturers. My brother has a refurbished PC with a LiteOn DVD drive and a Samsung CDRW drive and he's never had a problem with either of them.
Just download drivers from the manufacturers website if you need them.
Thank you everybody, I'm happy to report back to you MISSION SUCCESSFUL.
I now have a CDrom drive to p/back my Audio Cd's and program CDroms and a DVD recorder drive for vast amounts of data storage! shows up in device manager and also in the My computer screen.
My Dell 4300 is not the easiest of PCs to work on, very fiddly, and I managed to pull the IDE cable out from the mobo by accident so when I put everything back it would not boot, so had to take it all apart again.........got there in the end!!
Thanx again everybody!!!!
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