This past weekend I tried to install Windows Vista on my parent's PC. Unfortunately, the disc would not read - I tried the disc on other systems in the house, and they all read it fine. This seems to indicate the the DVD-ROM drive installed doesn't like the disc. The DVD-ROM is a five-year old Pioneer DVD-500M.
This means it time for a new drive. While I'm at it, I might as well upgrade my folks to a burner. I see the new drives use SATA, but I don't think their system has that capability, nor do I want to go screwing around with that at this point. Ideally, I'd just like to remove the old ATAPI/IDE drive, and stick a new one in it's place. My own system has a Benq DQ60, which has served me quite well.
I don't necessarily think my parents need Lightscribe (a nice feature, but they could probably live without it) , but I'd like to get them a drive that is quiet, but reads fast. Also one that supports the most possible DVD-formats. Any recommendations? Let me thank everyone ahead of time for your ideas.