Hello, I am new and very much a non-techie but I am endeavoring to learn. I have an HP Pavilion zd8000 laptop w/ MS Windows XP, Media Center version 2002, w/ Service Pak 3. My internal DVD player has been kaput for some time now. To watch DVDs, I use an external DVD player/burner that is a Pioneer DVR X-122. The external DVD/CD player/writer reads anything. It plays DVDs using Nero software which came w/ the player or it can use the Inter Video Win DVD program that came with my computer. The external DVD player will burn CDs using iTunes. However, I want to burn DVDs. I used to burn them using Media Center however, Media Center only looks for DVDs in my kaput internal writer. How can I get it to acknowledge my wonderful external player? I have the same problem with Roxio and Record Now!, two very good programs that used to work when my internal drive actually worked. They do not recognize my external player. If I can give you more helpful information please let me know. I can give you more system specs but I honestly don't know where to get that iformation. I thank you for your response.