I have external USB connected DVD recorders and NO DRIVERS were required for me to use them in Windows 2000 or XP. However I did need to install SOFTWARE to record to DVD.
In closing I will share a repeating issue and that is if you have 'any' CD recording software installed that came with the machine or a drive it is proper for it to screw up and not work and interfere with the new recorder. Not that this helps but you don't want to know how many times I have to toss out the bundled recording software and install Nero, CDBURNERXP or whatever the owner wants to use.
I have a HP dvd writer which is external and a combo drive inside, when I put a blank dvd into the external drive it doesnt acknowledge it, it does accept cd. I have used Sony, HP and Maxell DVD+r. The question is whether the drive is bad or something else, I have reloaded the drivers to no avail. Herb
Compaq Presario S4100NX
2.5 Ghz Intel Celeron processor
768 MB DDR SDRAM memory
80 GB Ultra DMA hard drive
CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive
48x24x16v48 max speed
160 GB Western Digital External Hard Drive
MAG Innovision 19' Flat Panel
HP DVD Movie Writer DC4000
HP K550 Printer
Visioneer One Touch 9320 Scanner
QL500 Brothers Label Printer