Adding a DVD drive to a Dell Latitude C840

This is probably a pretty elementary question, but I don't mess with my hardware much, so I figure it can't hurt.

I have a Dell Latitude C840.  I want to watch DVDs on it once in a while.

When I look under "DVD/CD-ROM drives" in the Device Manager, I see the following:
LG CD-ROM CRN 8425B
NERO IMAGEDRIVE2 SCSI CdRom Device
NERO IMAGEDRIVE2 SCSI CdRom Device
SAMSUNG CD-ROM SN-124

I assume that this means I don't have a DVD-compatible drive.

What's the simplest and cheapest way to fix this?  

Thanks.

Leprechaun
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mattisflonesCommented:
Actually it seems like Dell dont support internal DVD players on the 840 C series... call them!
mattisflonesCommented:
The cheapest way will prolly be to get a off-brand external DVD player... IMHO...  But still there is a question wether your videocard will deliver acceptable quality...
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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mattisflones

1) Does the fact that I don't have USB 2 mean I'd need to upgrade my USB?

2) Is there an advantage to have having an external device (both of your suggestions were external) like this over in internal 24X/24X/24X CD-RW and 8X DVD-ROM Combo  (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=313-2112&c=us&l=en&cs=04&ManufactSelection=Latitude&ModelSelection=121882&page=DellItemsProductListing.aspx)?
Would getting an internal drive fix my USB 2 problem?

Thanks.

LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
re: the external DVD player
yeah, maybe that is the cheapest route.

Would it be particularly complicated to hook that up to my monitor?  Is there a particular attachment I need?

mattisflonesCommented:
>>1) Does the fact that I don't have USB 2 mean I'd need to upgrade my USB?
That depends on the DVD drive.. if its compatible with USB1 or not. If not you will need a PCMCIA-USB thingey... speed is an issue in either case!

>>2) Is there an advantage to have having an external device (both
No, not besides the fact that you would be able to use a external one on any computer, and thus extend its lifetime beyond the computers.
On USB 1 i would go internal!

I see that you found the link that i didnt find... :-) A good local techie would prolly be able to help you fit a non-Dell internal DVD drive in the machine, maybe a way to save some $$`s

>>Would it be particularly complicated to hook that up to my monitor?
Well, all video handling is done in the computer, so no difference either way.. if you dont have the outlets for PC->monitor/TV/Video on the computer it cant be done...
I cant find info on the C840s outlets, so i wouldnt know..

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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the suggestions.

> Well, all video handling is done in the computer, so no difference either way..

Oh, are you saying that a computer monitor can't be hooked directly up to a DVD player? Does the DVD play need to go through a computer to the monitor?

mattisflonesCommented:
Thats what i am saying! :-) Although.. there might be external players out there that can be used as standalone players... dunno much about that `tho..
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