Hi, Thanx guys.
Ian thanx for the link, there seems to be a clear winner there, I made enquireies at my local, a bit expensive but he goes that aparantly ppl buy this drive as you can copy xbox games with it. Good to know but I still have my beloved PS2 as I cant afford to divorce it for a new love at the mo! Eclipse Computers (eclipsecomputers.co.uk) aren't far from me the web has a price of £23 so I'll check out their instore price.
And Justin thanx for your advice. I don't know y I didn't think to swap drives, Normally I do take these kinds of logical steps. Thanx for reminding me. As for the software The only thing I have on it is a fresh install of windows and I havn't used it since, come to think of it I havn't registered it so it probs wont work now until I do so.
An interesting thing I observed was that I had no Issues with using the PC with Linux running from the Disc (not installed-4got what its called again), however i'm limmted with the drive being in use and if I do intall it to the HD I'm not used to it anyway and being a student the apps at Uni on the majority of PCs will not be compatible as they all run on the o so wonderful windows.
So anyway I suppose it cannot really be anything software related unless its an issue with being compatible with XP Home. The only other thing is it could be an issue with the setup but I would say its unlikly.
So thanx guys anyway, Ill give the other drive a go and see where I get and if it works I suppose I shall add a DVR-111 to the setup. (I have thought of just buying a standard DVDROM as replacement but thought it would be better just to fully upgrade the drive for completness).
Any other tips welcome to sort my issue before I go and part with my hard earned £'s which could instead be wasted on cheap beers and nights out!